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    Default New sighting



    First of all let me just say that I am a total newbie when it comes to astronomy so just bear that in mind when you read my post.
    For the past few clear mornings when I go out to my truck to leave for work there has been a bright object in the sky, so this morning I woke up a little earlier than usual so that I could get a look at it. Well I set up my scope and found the object, and my first thought was that it was saturn because it looked like there was a horizontal line going across it, but the line did not extend past the edges of the planet. So then I thought maybe it was jupiter, but I don't know if jupiter is even visible from my location which is S.E. Pennsylvania. Does anyone have an idea what I may have been looking at? It was about 3:00 in the morning, and kinda low in the eastern sky. It looked like it may have been right below the moon following the same path as the moon, but that is just my thinking. Anyway if someone could help me out I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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    Default Re: New sighting

    definitely not Saturn, because it's below the horizon at that time. It may have been Venus or Jupiter. Do you have Stellarium? You should download it if you don't have it, it can show you what's in the sky at what time.

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    Its jupiter as venus has not risen yet.if it had you wood have too bright objects in the sky.

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    I agree with Sada, this sounds like it's Jupiter. The band is probably one of the cooler red (in colour) gas atmospheric bands - Jupiter has two very prominent ones running the full circumference of the planet (one looks like a double one). You should definitely download Stellarium if you haven't already as it is a fantastic tool in many ways
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    You saw Jupiter. Congratulations.
    Did you note the positions of the little dots that were surrounding it? Those were the Galilean moons.
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    I do have Stellarium on my computer, but I was headed to work this morning and I didn"t have time to access it. In fact I just looked at Stellarium and I can say that it was Jupiter I was seeing. It took me a couple of minutes to find it in the scope, I don't think that my finder "scope" is set up properly on my scope, unless I was not using it correctly which is a possibility. The finder "scope" is a red dot. I had the dot lined up with Jupiter but could not see it in the scope. I finally lined up the scope with the naked eye, moved it around a bit, and found it. It was really neat to see Jupiter, I wish I would've had more time but I had to leave. Then when I was driving down my street going to work I happened to look down a side street and thought I seen a second object sitting even lower in the sky than Jupiter, so I backed up to get a better look, I think what I seen was Venus according to Stellarium. Now I want to get up even earlier tomorrow morning to do some more viewing. gotta check the weather, hope I'm not late for work, gotta be in by 4am.... Thanks.
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    Yup, that second bright object will be Venus good work!
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    You should align your finder so it will help you find objects. In the daytime, point the scope at a distant object. Get the object centered in the eyepiece. Then without moving the scope, adjust the finder until the red dot is lined up on the same object.

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    You saw Jupiter. Congratulations.
    Did you note the positions of the little dots that were surrounding it? Those were the Galilean moons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithBC View Post
    You should align your finder so it will help you find objects. In the daytime, point the scope at a distant object. Get the object centered in the eyepiece. Then without moving the scope, adjust the finder until the red dot is lined up on the same object.
    Thanks Keith, I'm going to do that today.

 

 
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