I know its been awhile, kids visiting for the summer and all that summertime fun that goes along with it. Now its back to a bit of normalcy.
I thought tonight would be a wash out, here in TN we had mostly clouds all day and a late thunderstorm. At about 12am however they cleared out. Still fighting the occasional high cloud passing by, but its about 1:51 CST, and folks, the view I have of Jupiter right now is simply fantastic.
LS 8 ACF and 8.8 and 14 mm UWA eyepieces
- Large white oval in NEB
- Large elongated white cloud in NEB
- Prominent dark oval on the edge of the NTB and NTZ
- The GRS has moved from the limb and is now easily visible
- I can see some makings for the edges of the SEB a bit
- The trailing side of the GRS has distinctive dark long clouds or dark ovals, elongated features right on the edge of the STrZ
- I can see the NNTB and NTB easily, and the NPR
The view is as sharp in my 8.8 UWA as the 14 UWA. I'm just in amazement. And its not simply detail that I have to tease out either, its just there. All this, and when I have reluctantly pealed myself from the eyepiece, I've caught 12 or so Perseids so far. These are the nights we live for.