After weeks of waiting and whining, we finally got a little snow. For the last three or four days, my morning walk to school has been a little crunchier, a little whiter, and I'm loving it! Even the lake and river are showing signs of freeze-up. Maybe fall ice fishing will commence on time after all.
Another long-awaited event (at least for me) occurred just last night. The clouds finally parted momentarily and I was able to catch a brief glimpse of Jupiter and its moons! I wasn't sure I'd be able to see anything. I don't have a powerful telescope at my disposal, but I do have some nifty (and gargantuan) binoculars.
Jupiter was easy enough to see with the naked eye, but I could only see the moons through my binoculars and (surprisingly) through my camera.
Catching sight of this very cool cluster made the cold legs and frozen fingers completely worth it!
|Wind||from the WSW (250 degrees) at 13 MPH (11 KT)|
|Sky conditions||mostly clear|
|Temperature||19.0 F (-7.2 C)|
|Windchill||6 F (-14 C)|
|Dew Point||17.1 F (-8.3 C)|
I know this is not impressive photography. I wasn't really expecting to get great pictures, but I thought it couldn't hurt to try.
I had no tripod and just set my Sony DSC-H50 on ISO. I know there are probably settings that I could have used to get better photos, but I am admitting complete ignorance here. I have not read my owner's manual and have not experimented with settings much.
And still, my little camera does the best it can do under the circumstances. (Great little camera that it is).
This was the best shot I could get without a tripod (I held my breath a lot).
And this is a cropped view of the same shot. It's not pretty, I know, but it (not-so-clearly) shows Jupiter with two moons on the right and one on the far left. I think I saw three moons on the right through my binos, but I can't be completely sure because...well...I'm fairly ignorant of astronomy too.
I'm still happy. I saw Jupiter...and it's moons....more than I've ever seen before.
And there's fresh snow on the ground!
Life is good.