Swadlincote. C6r refractor.
Some entertaining views waiting for Jupiter to rise . Amazing view of unfiltered M27. The Summer Triangle was high giving views of Cygnus. Serpens and Ophiuchus gave great views of open clusters , the “summer beehive ” IC 4665 and “Graff’s” , IC 4756, stood out as very fine. M5 is a gem to resolve.
After midnight a very bright Jupiter arrived. Opposition will be on the 10th of June. Although as quoted as being low in the south , it was nicely positioned to observe. Even low power showed Ganymede off the limb and the shadow of Io in transit. The size of the disc at x320 was amazing at 47″. Best views were about x160. The south polar area being dark. The bands had dark edges with a lot of activity to the equator. Thin cloud acted as a good filter giving lots of contrast. Seeing soon deteriorated. Best just to keep focus and let the views come. A very interesting session , keep observing throughout the summer , under clear skies ! Nick.