|Students Prepare to Observe at the Observatory.|
|Sacred Heart Senior, Cam K. Photographs the Moon.|
After all the attending students got their first look at Venus through a telescope, we then slewed to the bright-gaseous planet, Jupiter. The seeing was fantastic as usual during and just after twilight. The North and South Equatorial Belts were very apparent. There were also four of Jupiter's moons visible in the field of view. I had every student sit comfortably in the observing chair to allow them to take their time viewing the solar systems largest planet. After they focused the telescope to best suit their view, just about every one them responded "Wow! That is so amazing! I can see the moons and belts... The belts are a reddish color".
|The Moon Featuring the Crater Copernicus Imaged by|
Sacred Heart Student, Cam. K. w/ his DSLR Camera.
In most cases, one would get a camera adapter to fasten the camera body to the focuser of the telescope for this method. However, just as an experiment, his very first results were surprisingly good. Cam is now interested in learning more about astrophotography. While cam is an avid photographer, he made a comment while he was photographing Jupiter through the telescope..."This is the farthest object I have ever focused on and photographed."