Jupiter 2016 January 01

This was my first image of 2016 and first of Jupiter this apparition. I had good seeing on the morning of the 1st, but transparency was rapidly falling when I took this, and there was a halo around the Moon nearby, so exposures were long (>50ms) and the result is not too sharp. Still it was nice to see the GRS again and the STB white ovals.

Before midnight, on New Year’s Eve, myself with a couple of friends in the observatory observed visually through the C-14. We saw the Trapezium, with the E and F stars visible, and the very unequal double of Rigel. (More recently I have established that this is clearly visible with a 100mm refractor.)


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