Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jupiter in full daylight

I was cleaning and collimating my old LXD55 10 inch SNT this morning at around 11:30 am.  The sky was very clear and I decided to do some testing on the moon, which was visible toward the west.  I took a  quick look and walked away.  The scope was not powered or properly polar aligned.  I left the scope and came back about 10 minutes later and was very surprised to see Jupiter in the field of view.  With the barlow and a 26mm eyepiece, bands were clearly visible on the planet.   I've never looked for Jupiter in broad daylight and it was a real treat to see it unexpectedly.