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My first 2020 observation of Jupiter and Saturn

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Hi all,

Last night was supposedly to be an early night because clouds rolled in around 23:00UT+1. However, I ended up down the YouTube rabbit hole until 2am!

As I was locking-up the house, I could see Jupiter blazing brightly in the SW, and Saturn was there too. How could I resist?

So, as quietly as possible I opened the sliding door to the back garden to set-up my scope.

I said 'just a quick look', but before I knew it the sky was getting brighter... It was 03:34!!!

However, today's tiredness was so worth it...As I looked through my 9mm Expanse eyepiece with its 66degree AFOV Jupiter and its four Galilean moons looked incredible at 133X. The NEB and SEB were clearly visible. I thought the NEB looked slightly thicker than the SEB, particularly towards the center of the disc. In addition to the 9mm, I also used a 6mm, and used a 2X Barlow on both eyepieces, but at 133X Jupiter looked best. 

Observing Saturn was another great experience. It definitely looked different from last year: the rings were better last year due to a more favourable tilt. In saying that, I did see some of the Cassini Division with the 6mm (200X). The Eastern side showed slightly more of a gap between the 'A' and 'B' rings. What's more, I could make out a darkened band just South of the Equator. 

I believe, I observed some of Saturn's moons too, but I can't say for sure. I need to familiarise with this gas giant over the coming months; something I'm looking forward to for sure! 

Clear skies to all, 

Darren.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DARREN!

And I am very glad you observed Jupiter and Saturn during the early hours of your birthday.

By the way, www.sky&telescope.com update the positions of any moon in the solar system. You only need to log in and you're away.

Best regards from Aubrey.
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The correct website is sky&telescope.org

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Hi Aubrey, 

Many thanks for pointing me in the direction of 'sky&telescope', and I will definitely have a look there. Also, very many thanks for the birthday wishes...it was a most wonderful way to start the day, and something I'll always remember. 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 
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