On 8th March, ourselves (Mark and Nigel Stronge) and John McConnell, EAAS Chairman, setup 3 telescopes and started an evening's viewing and imaging. We had a Meade ETX90 Maksutov, an Orion ED 80mm APO refractor and the Meade LX200 10inch SCT all pointing skywards.
The high pressure and high humidity were causing a mist and haze to form but at the start of the evening the sky was beautifully deep for suburbia, around Mag5. By the end of the evening, after the Moon rose, the haze was much worse and this brought seeing conditions down to possibly Mag3.5 ???
We saw a lovely Io transit with Europa off to the right side of Jupiter. For capturing we used 10fps, RAW mode, and captured 6 lengths of 40 seconds which are displayed in the animation, click on the image below for the animation.
In the animation you can see the last 5 minutes of Io transiting Jupiter. As Jupiter reached it's highest point in the sky we imaged again and got the result below. You can see how far Io and Europa have moved in just 2 hours with the Great Red Spot now visible.
Below is another capture of Jupiter using the TouCam in normal mode and then de-interlaced in Paint Shop Pro (required).
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