Following a very long stretch of bad weather, last night was remarkably clear. Checking the seeing predictions showed fair seeing likely and so I took the decision to set up for the first try at Jupiter for the 2011/12 season! Got up at 04:00 local and opened up the C9,25 which spent the night outside cooling. Jupiter was nowhere to be seen! A quick glance behind the neighbors wall revealed the planet far higher up North than I had expected! By the time it cleared the wall the background sky was bright blue!
It felt good returning to the early morning sessions with comfortable temperatures, great seeing and the serenity of the dawn sky. Here's a preview from 02:39 UT featuring Io, Io's shadow transit & Oval BA.
The planet looks vastly different from last time I observed it with the SEB still re-generating. The season ahead should be spectacular, especially since Jupiter will climb to a much higher altitude!