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Posted by Bob Sal on September 4, 2001 12:44:51 UTC

Hi George;
Your observing sounds correct. 2 belts will be visible all the time. The rest of the details will pop in and out. This is due to the atmosphere. Especially when Jupiter is low on the horizon. You have to sit and wait for those moments of clarity when the atmosphere clears for a few seconds and you get a clear image. There's nothing you can do about it, even the biggest telescopes have to do the same thing. Jupiter will also look better when it's higher in the sky and your looking through less atmosphere. Your already using enough magnification, any more would probable dull the image even futher. Less would give you a sharper image, smaller but sharper and clearer. Get a copy of S&T or Astronomy magazine. They show you when the red spot is visible and where the moons will be every night. Good Luck. Clear skies.
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