Jupiter was high in the southern sky at the time of observation. Observed with the zoom lens at 8mm (about 250x) the Great Red Spot (and surrounding Red Spot Hollow) was prominent and near the central meridian. The North and South Equatorial Belts were clearly defined and the Northern Temperate Belt was also visible. During moments of clarity a couple of festoons emerging from the NEB were also visible. The darker clouds of the North Polar Region (and SPR) were pretty obvious too.
This is probably the best view of Jupiter that I've seen through any telescope!
I think I got my best ever view of Jupiter through a telescope late last night. I usually keep a record of my observations in SkyTools but I thought I'd share it here too.
I started observing the planet at about 11.15pm and then started taking images for about half an hour. I had to abandon taking pictures of the Moon when the ice forming on the telescope started to mess up the images! It was freezing last night!
Jupiter is about as far north of the celestial equator as it gets. Next year it will be a little lower in the sky. I hope I can watch some shadow transits by its moons in the coming weeks under conditions as good as last night.
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Dr Adrian Jannetta. Amateur astronomer, maths teacher and science enthusiast.