Posted By Darren Crooks
Then I saw a small black dot on the planet's surface between the two equatorial belts. At first, I thought I was seeing a defect in the crummy eyepeice supplied with the scope ... but after viewing for a few moments, I realized it was maintaining its position on Jupiter's surface as the planet crossed my field of view. I realized that I was viewing the shadow of one of the planet's moons as it passed in front of its parent. Sure enough, I saw the black dot move slowly to the left (the view is inverted) and evntually the satellite emerged from Jupiter's limb. I was pleasantly surprised that this scope would reveal these sorts of details given the poor quality eyepeices supplied with it.
I checked on my Starry Nights software later on and learned that the moon was Io.
So in spite of the truly miserable accessories, the optics on this scope seem to be working fine... I am anxiously awaiting delivery of the new Plossls (20mm, 10mm and 6.7mm) that I purchased here a week or so ago. That should improve viewing significantly.
Clear nights ... dark sites,