Date Time: April 15, 2016 2120-2200hrs AST
Weather: Very windy, Clear, 1C with windchill of -6C. A long stretch of relatively nice weather has allowed for succesive night observing, which has been a rarity since last fall.
Attendence: Ed O and Myself
Equipment: Canadian Telescopes 80mm ED/APO on a Vixen Alt/AZ mount and Canon Rebel Xsi with 18-55mm lens on a tripod.
Objective: To view and image Mercury, the Moon and Jupiter.
- Ed and I easily found Mercury over the Paper Mill, low in the West, showing up as a fairly bright star, just after evening twilight. Ed commented on how high up it was.
- A satellite was observed heading North through the Big Dipper. Ursa Major was upside down and over polaris, high in the NNE.
- Telescope was used to view the Moon.
- Jupiter was halfway up in the sky, in the SSE. It was very close to a fairly bright star in Leo. Ed and I both noted how close it was to the star, at first glance, through the telescope the star looked like one of Jupiters Moons.
- In the telescope, with 32mm eyepiece, three of its Moons showed up. With higher magnification of the 4mm eyepiece the fourth Moon was very close to the gas giant. Looked for a shadow on Jupiters' disk, but didnt see one.
|Looking West at 2120hrs.|
|Note one of Jupiters Moons are very close to it, on the right side in the image|
|Cropped, close-up image of Jupiter|