Jupiter, last night

I took this photo of Jupiter at about 3am BST last night but only looked at it this morning and was amazed to see that it was good enough to show the two main gas bands on the planet’s surface. And, believe it or not, if you look closely at the picture at full magnification (click on it below), you can see the Great Red Spot (in the bottom right quadrant). I didn’t even notice this visually.

I just pointed my Canon EOS 20D at the eyepiece of the telescope, so getting anything at all was a bonus.

Jupiter
Jupiter, 9 August 2012