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    .. and you have never conciously done so before August is a good month.

    If we ever get another clear night which have been sorelay lacking this year - go out at about 10-11pm BST and look South -

    Low down in the South you will see a brilliant white /orange star that is much much much brighter than anything around it - it almost appears 'chunky'.

    The other thing is it doesn't twinkle

    It is quite low down so you will need a good Southern vista and you may have to move about a bit to get it out from behind a tree.

    This is Jupiter.

    If you have any magnifying equipment like binoculars/scope or a long zoom lens you should be able to resolve it as a disc and at higher powers pick out the moons going around it (60 x power should be enough) but whatever you use will need to be stabilised on a mount/tripod.

    Just thought I'd share that if you are interested - blew me away knowing I was seeing another world

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    Can we see it from the beach?

    But we only have Early Learning Centre binoculars. :sigh;

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    The beach would be the best place to see it for you - and I think sometimes seeing something with the naked eye is actually better - but it is an impressive sight at the moment ( but then I am a complete geek)

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    I'd love to see it, but we never seem to be withou cloud these days :sigh;









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    wasn't sure if I should post this here at all

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    wow thx chris

    how longis it in view for? i have a 70-300 zoom so will get out at go looking tonight if its clear
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 26805
    wasn't sure if I should post this here at all
    and why not young man.

    any info you come by like this, plz post it, there are quite a few people interested in this topic
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    will be up for most of this months and next - starts southeast and trails over to the southwest - have to see it when it gets dark but when you spot it it is unmistakable

    shoot at 300 on ISO1600 - manual focus go to infinity and then back a little and experiment with shutter times - the longer the better but you will get shake and trailing.

    I could post updates somewhere from time to time if you are interested at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher, post: 26805
    wasn't sure if I should post this here at all
    Don't see why not! I've looked at some of the photos on your site and they're incredible!



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    Oh I could use my camera zoom to look at it.
    :D

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