Banks of clouds continued to roll over the sky in the directions that I had the telescope pointed. It seemed that Mars was especially afflicted with being obscured by clouds.
It was a dark and moonless sky so I didn't want to waste it. I stayed out with the telescope and took advantage of the clear patches as much as I could.
One such target of opportunity was the planet Jupiter. I originally did not plan to image it, but after taking a peek through the eyepiece, I changed my mind. Jupiter was gorgeous! Take a look at these images and you'll see what I mean!
Jupiter seemed to have extra spots.
|Jupiter, July 13th at 0200 UTC|
Jupiter's Galilean moons were in an interesting configuration.
|Jupiter with three of its Galilean moons|
Callisto is out of the frame, far to the left of Jupiter. I removed the barlow to increase the telescope's field of view and captured this image.
|Jupiter with all four of its Galilean moons including Callisto|
Most interesting to me is that I managed to capture these moons exhibiting a hint different textures and colors.
The only time that I've had more fun with Jupiter is when I saw and captured moon shadows crossing its face. I'm sure that'll be subject of a future post as I continue to watch for the opportunity to see more moon events!