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Jupiter at Opposition

Wednesday, 9th May

Jupiter reaches its opposition, (it’s furthest point from the Sun) this May 9th and also it’s perigee to Earth, it’s closest approach.

The planet will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible from Sun down to Sun up, and for the next few weeks, represents an excellent opportunity to observer the Great Red Spot and its larger orbiting moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. 

 Even with a modest telescope with an diameter of 50mm you will be able to see a disk with light and dark bands and polar regions. With apertures of 150mm or more you will be able to make out some of the smaller details, spots, festoons and ovals on various parts of the disk, some of which may only persists for a few days before they disappear.

To mark this Celestial event we have pulled together a range of telescopes and accessories that will help you observe the 'Jupiter Opposition'.

70-130mm Apertures

130-200mm Apertures

CCDs & Imaging Platforms

Observation Binoculars

Books, Charts & Maps