The Planet Jupiter by Trevor Morgan

Jupiter is now a fine sight in the western sky after sunset. I took a picture of the solar system’s largest planet on the 4th June 2018. You can just¬†about see three of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons close to the planet. Through a telescope, the 4th Galilean moon was also visible but very close to the planet. The camera’s telephoto lens which magnifies about 9 times was unable to resolve the closest moon within the glare. I used a tripod and an exposure of 1/8th second. It is not the best of photographs but shows what can be done with amateur equipment.

Jupiter is still prominent in the sky and you should be able to see the planet and all its 4 Galilean moons ( provided they are in the right position) through 8×40 binoculars. You will need to steady your hands by jamming them against a solid object or steady the binoculars by using a tripod.

My photograph was taken from our garden near the woods. Shortly after observing Jupiter my wife and I were treated to the call of a solitary tawny owl circling above our heads but we could not see it.

Why not get yourself out into the reserve to look at Jupiter after sunset the woods are dark enough for you to see it shine brilliantly. You might also be treated to the sound of a tawny owl  and you might even be able to catch a sight of a bat if your eyes are allowed to adjust to the feeble light.