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Posted by Thom Bolin on January 21, 2002 20:35:54 UTC

Well this is the first chance in the new year that I have had to get out and look around. I have purchased a 25mm SMA for my Trusty Tasco as well as used an eyebolt to fix replace the broken altitude adjustment.

I went out hoping to see Saturn and was too late so settled in to watch the moons of Jupiter cross over the planet. I saw three moons on one side and 1 way out on the other. Pretty cool, so I went inside and checked on SkyMap when the first would cross. It wasn't for 2 hours, so I left my scope outside and came and in and out to check the progress.

It was amazing because I could actually see the moons had changed positions. The down side of the night was that by the time the first one was close to crossing the scope had to be pointed to much toward zenith for me to see through the eyepiece.

I gave up for the night but it was a rewarding experience. I have question though, I was using 28x and thought I could see a band around Jupiter and possibly something just above the band. Is this possible and if it is any ideas what the spot just above the band was?

Happy Sky Hunting,

bolintx

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