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    Default How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?



    Why, you show him Jupiter in his telescope! That's how.. It was -29C (-20F for you yanks) here last night. With a LOT of nerve and maybe a little antifreeze running through my veins we set up the telescope and after much mussing and fussing around we saw Jupiter for the very first time and it was nothing short of amazing! I can't remember being so excited! The colour and detail was absolutely breathtaking, I still feel a little giddy writing this..
    Just wanted to let you all know!
    You folks have helped me out so much that I just had to share my excitement.
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    Default Re: How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?

    thank you for sharing your great time with your son

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    Default Re: How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?

    I was with my girlfriend, the 5yr old was me!

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    Default Re: How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?

    That's fantastic! Those moons frequently transit the planet (Io orbits about every 42-1/2 hours) so there's a good chance to catch a moon transit or a shadow transit. I don't know what type of telescope you have... it's a bit difficult to see the transit of a moon without a large-ish scope and some cooperative seeing conditions. But the shadows are much more easily spotted.
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    Default Re: How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?

    Nice report, keep us telling, your views

    clear skies, and hope better temps.

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    Default Re: How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?

    I know exactly how you feel. I felt the same way I captured Neptune in the eyepiece of the C-1100!! Absolutely beautiful! STILL trying to wrap my head around just how far away it was. Wow! Hard to imagine!

    I'm willing to bet that after you saw THAT, you weren't even cold were you?

    Been there!

    Clear skies to ya and thanks for the report.

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    Default Re: How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?

    Hello Crashcourse. Well, I can feel the excitement on you report. I have said it before, and it is true, that there is nothing like viewing Jupiter for the first time in your own telescope. It's just you and old Jove out there. I am glad that you had a nice viewing session, and got to see the pretty colorful banding and details. Thanks for your fun and enthusiastic read report, and I hope that you have many more nice observations (and dances) like this one to come.
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    Thanks for sharing the stoke!

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    Default Re: How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?

    Quote Originally Posted by TCampbell View Post
    That's fantastic! Those moons frequently transit the planet (Io orbits about every 42-1/2 hours) so there's a good chance to catch a moon transit or a shadow transit. I don't know what type of telescope you have... it's a bit difficult to see the transit of a moon without a large-ish scope and some cooperative seeing conditions. But the shadows are much more easily spotted.
    Thanks for the input! We have an Explore Scientific AR152 6" Refractor on a Celestron Advanced VX mount.

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    Default Re: How do you make a 47 yr old man dance around like a 5 yr old boy?

    I was thinking "cattle prod", but sure, Jupiter works too. (-:
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