Seeing Planets for Beginners
Planets can be seen through telescopes.
Armed with great promo codes that allowed you to enjoy massive discounts, you finally got the energy to shop online for that most sought after telescope. And a few days later, it was delivered to your doorstep. On the day of the delivery, you couldn’t contain your excitement, and then you finally saw and got a hold of it – your very own telescope. Then, a friend comes up to you and tells you that you could actually see planets with it.
Yes, you actually can. One of the most common sights to see in the sky is the planet Jupiter. Incidentally (and you will probably find this totally exciting), Jupiter is the biggest planet in the Solar System. Thus, it will literally be a huge treat for anyone to see the planet Jupiter with their not-so-naked eyes, with the aid of a good telescope and some good spotting skills.
Tips for Observing Jupiter
First thing you ought to do is to find Jupiter with binoculars. Find a comfortable and steady position and if possible mount your binoculars on a camera tripod, or something else steady and fixed so they won’t shake as you use them. With the binoculars you should be able to see Jupiter as a white disk. Even if you have a telescope, it can be helpful to use binoculars to spot Jupiter in the sky before moving on to the telescope for a more detailed observation.
Second, after spotting Jupiter with a set of binoculars, you can then use your telescope for a closer look. Once you have spotted Jupiter, you can begin a more detailed observation of the planet’s surface through your telescope and identify some of its key features. Jupiter is famous for its darker cloud belts and lighter zones which are appear laterally across the planet’s surface. Try to identify the central light area known as the equatorial zone and the darker equatorial belts north and south of it.
Third, try and get to view Jupiter’s famous spot, called the Great Red Spot. This giant oval storm, larger than Earth, has been observed on Jupiter for more than 300 years. You can locate it at the outer edge of the south equatorial belt.