Jupiter's Moons '08

After what I think was 2 months of cloud, last night gave me a welcome view of the night sky. Conditions did not look as if they would last, so whilst setting up for a deep sky shot of IC1396 (post to follow) I took a quick snapshot of Jupiter & her Galilean moons. This is what Stellarium predicted that I should see:

image   Click stellarium image for a bigger view…

And below is the quickie 15 second exposure that I took:

Jupiter & moons  Click image for a larger view …

Its always good when predictions are accurate 🙂

Needless to say tonight is back to gloomy cloud but at least I had a planetary view, saw several late meteors from the recent shower & took some deep sky exposures. Hopefully it won’t be 2 months before the next clear night.

 

 

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