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Re: Jupiter Red Spot

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Posted by Bill Geertsen/">Bill Geertsen on January 13, 1999 22:02:19 UTC

I routinely observe Jupiter, the Great Red spot and other surface detail with a 6" Newtonian. Still air is a necessity, a green or blue eyepiece filter helps a great deal to increase contrast.

Eyepice quality is also important. I use High quality Plossl's and University Optics Koenig-II's. True Abbe Orthoscopics are excellent for planetary detail. With a Dob position the planet at the edge of you field of view and let it drift across watching closely for detail. With an EQ mount let it track and watch for those instants of still exquisite viewing. Patience is needed in this hobby.

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