Sunday, 12 January 2014

From West Dorset - A View of Jupiter





Last week, on a rare clear night, my son took this photograph of Jupiter from his West Dorset back garden. He has been watching the stars for some years, but it was only recently that his new camera equipment enabled good photographs to be taken through his telescope. I have his permission to post this on my blog. He was really pleased with the result and the image quickly arrived here via i phone!

We have been watching the BBC Stargazing Live series and I have just looked at their pages on the BBC website. There is so much information and some amazingly beautiful images from space.

Back here on earth, we are in the grips of grey, drizzly weather with a band of heavy rain due overnight. Yesterday was beautiful. Sunshine and blue skies for a day! Despite the wilder weather of our winter, one look at the constant, rolling storms of Jupiter puts things into perspective.

14 comments:

Jane the Booklady said...

How exciting to be able to take a photographs of such a distant planet and how beautiful it looks.I too wonder what the weather will bring, I have a sneaking longing for snow... Jane xx

Em Parkinson said...

Oooooo - that's brilliant. I'm such a lightweight that I always go to bed in favour of catching a brilliant meteor shower or planetary experience. Very happy to see other people's views. Thank you!

Countryside Tales said...

That's a fantastic picture- how exciting to have equipment that lets you take close ups of the planets. I bet he can't wait to do more.

Louise said...

What a great shot your son took.

My dad is an astronomer and he has taken some amazing photos over the years through his telescopes. I'd love to do it, but I haven't mastered normal photography yet so don't think I'm ready to take on astro-photography!

Mum said...

Wow, what a fantastic pic - not your everyday photo, is it!
Love from Mum
xx

Noelle the dreamer said...

Wonderful! Thank your son for us as ex-RAF flyboy loves to stargaze (telescopes - plural! - features prominently in our living room however the Pacific NW coastline's sky is often cloudy as well!)
Happy New Year,

Down by the sea said...

That is a fantastic picture. I'm glad you could share it with us. Sarah x

WOL said...

Hope this latest spate of rain is the tail end of the nasty weather you've been having and that there will be fair weather for at least the next month or two.

Ragged Robin said...

What a wonderful photo of a beautiful planet :) Thanks so much for sharing to both you and your son :)

Vintage Tea Time said...

WOW - I'm knocked out by that photo - amazing. Well done your son.

Crafty Green Poet said...

amazing photo, beautiful

angryparsnip said...

What a beautiful photo.
Tucson is so great for Star watching, that this may be the year I buy a telescope ! I have always wanted one.

cheers, parsnip

The Weaver of Grass said...

Absolutely lovely photographs - I was there on that beach with you. I think when we get a day like that we have to take advantage of every minute. Fantastic planet photograph too.

Kate said...

What an amazing photo! I just showed Sophia who is learning about space at school, she is most impressed.