The planet Jupiter is the GIANT planet of our solar system: about 11.2 times as big as the Earth and 318 times heavier! In October 2002 was Jupiter 817 million kilometers from Earth.
Jupiter has 4 large moons (about the size of our own moon) which were first seen by Galileo Galilei (in 1610). Their names: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Jupiter is wrapped in cloud bands, and the Great Red Spot (GRS) of Jupiter is famous. Jupiter rotates very fast: one rotation in roughly 9 hours.

Before I go to my observatory for an imaging session I usually consult the simulation program The Planets to get information about what moons and/or GRS are visible: then I know when to image!
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March 10-16, 2002. Jupiter majestically sails past star SAO 78348, demonstrating that Jupiter is a planet and not a star. The small hiccup is caused by three successive cloudy nights ...

Jupiter with Callisto, Io and Ganymedes
August 26, 2009 22:36 UT.
Imaging: LX200 10inch f/10 telescope [focal length 2500mm, Philips ToUcam webcam, Baader Infrared Blocking Filter.
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Jupiter
August 23, 2009 23:26 UT.
My first decent Jupiter since 2005.
Imaging: LX200 10inch f/10 telescope with 2.5x Televue Powermate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250mm, Philips ToUcam webcam, Baader Infrared Blocking Filter.
Jupiter with Io and Ganymedes
August 23, 2009 23:18 UT.
Imaging: LX200 10inch f/10 telescope [focal length 2500mm, Philips ToUcam webcam, Baader Infrared Blocking Filter.
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Jupiter at 15 degrees altitude.
August 8, 2009 22:07 UT.
While imaging NGC6992 I spotted Jupiter low in my skies, so I grabbed my Coolpix 995 and took this picture. Obviously Jupiter is out of my range these days ...
Imaged with my Nikon Coolpix 995 camera in auto mode; the uneven illumination is caused by the rising moon.
More 'naked eye' images like this.
September 20, 2008 20:10 UT.
My smallest Jupiter ever.
Altitude: 17 degrees; distance: 719 million kilometres.
Site: brightly illuminated camping site in Azay le Rideau, France.
Imaging details: Bresser Skylux Lidl scope 70mm f/10 [focal length 700mm] on motorized Astro-3 mount, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; standard ToUcam Pro webcam.
May 2, 2006 23:30 UT.
Jupiter with Io and Europa; altitude 21 degrees.
Imaged with LX200 10-inch f/10 telescope [focal length 2500mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
April 11, 2005 00:17 UT.
Jupiter with Io.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 with 5x TeleVue Powermate [focal length 6000mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
April 3, 2005 22:39 UT.
Jupiter with Io.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 with 5x TeleVue Powermate [focal length 6000mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
April 1, 2005 21:54 UT.
Jupiter with Europa.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 with 5x TeleVue Powermate [focal length 6000mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 31, 2005 22:05 - 22:53 UT.
During this period of time I imaged Jupiter with several focal lengths ranging from 400mm to 6000mm.
I have made an animation to show the effects in a zooming fashion.
March 31, 2005 22:53 UT.
Jupiter with Callisto; Io, Ganymede and Europa are outside the field of view.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 with 5x TeleVue Powermate [focal length 6000mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 31, 2005 22:43 UT.
Jupiter with Callisto, Io and Ganymede; Europa is outside the field of view.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 with 3x TAL Barlow [focal length 3600mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 31, 2005 22:21 UT.
Jupiter with 4 satellites.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 with 2x Vixen HQ Barlow [focal length 2400mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 31, 2005 22:05 UT.
Jupiter with 4 satellites.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 in prime focus [focal length 1200mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 31, 2005 21:48 UT.
Jupiter with 4 moons: [from left to right] Callisto, Io, Ganymede, and Europa.
Imaged with 400mm SLR Photolens, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter and SC3A b/w RAW camera.
March 26, 2005 22:31 UT.
Moon - Jupiter conjunction.
I imaged with my Nikon CP995 in full auto mode as there was no time [that tree is very close]
to determine the correct camera settings in manual mode and therefore the moon is overexposed.
March 18, 2005 00:12 UT.
Jupiter with GRS and approaching Ganymede and - further away - Callisto.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 3x TAL Barlow operating @ f/24 [focal length 3600mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 17, 2005 23:14 - March 18, 2005 00:12 UT.
Jupiter with GRS and approaching Ganymede and - further away - Callisto.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 3x TAL Barlow operating @ f/24 [focal length 3600mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
Animation prepared as per the K3CCDTools 2 animation tutorial and finalised in Animagic.
March 15, 2005 00:07 UT.
Jupiter with Callisto; altitude: 27 degrees 53 minutes.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 5x Powermate operating @ f/40 [focal length 6000mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 14, 2005 23:57 UT.
Jupiter with Callisto; altitude: 26 degrees 54 minutes 9 seconds.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 5x Powermate operating @ f/40 [focal length 6000mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 14, 2005 23:55 UT.
Jupiter with Callisto; altitude: 26 degrees 43 minutes.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 5x Powermate operating @ f/40 [focal length 6000mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
March 14, 2005 23:33 UT.
Jupiter with Callisto, Europa and Ganymede; altitude: 24 degrees 30 minutes.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 3x TAL Barlow operating @ f/24 [focal length 3600mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
February 4, 2005 21:18 UT .
Altitude: 32 degrees 7 minutes 4 seconds. Note the GRS on the right hand side of Jupiter.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 5x Powermate operating @ f/40 [focal length 6000mm], Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
April 14, 2004 20:17 UT.
Jupiter with the 4 Galilean moons.
imaged with: TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; prime focus, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
April 1, 2004 22:25 UT.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8, with 3x TAL Barlow operating at f/24.
March 29, 2004 20:15 UT.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8 operating at f/32: I applied a 2x Photo teleconverter combined with my 2x HQ Vixen Barlow.
March 28, 2004 21:37 UT.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8, but operating at f/48: I applied a 2x Photo teleconverter combined with my 3x TAL Barlow.
March 23, 2004 20:38 - 21:01 UT.
Jupiter with approaching and hiding Io.
I captured a series of 9 images, all with my TAL-2M 6-inch f/8, but operating at f/32: I applied a 2x Photo teleconverter combined with my 2x Vixen HQ Barlow.





And here is the animation (click the image to enlarge).
March 23, 2004 20:51 UT.
Jupiter with approaching and hiding Io.
This image I consider the best of this night.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 6-inch f/8, but operating at f/32: I applied a 2x Photo teleconverter combined with my 2x Vixen HQ Barlow.
Jupiter with Ganymede, Europa and Io.
March 17, 2004 20:01 and 20:08 UT.
Collage of 2 images, both with my TAL-2M 6-inch f/8, but operating at different focal lengths.
One image was captured with 3xTAL Barlow [f/24] and the other with the 2x Vixen HQ Barlow [f/16].
March 7, 2004 21:54 UT.
TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 2x Photo Teleconverter and 2x Vixen HQ Barlow operating @ f/32.
February 26, 2004 22:13 UT.
With GRS.
Imaged with TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 3xBarlow operating @ f/24, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
February 23, 2004 22:14 UT.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 3xBarlow operating @ f/24, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
February 23, 2004 22:09 UT.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 3xBarlow operating @ f/24, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
February 19, 2004 01:48 UT.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 3xBarlow operating @ f/24, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
February 15, 2004 23:52 UT.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; with 3xBarlow operating @ f/24, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
February 15, 2004 23:39 UT.
Jupiter with the 4 Galilean moons.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; prime focus, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
January 3, 2004, 05:12 UT.
I woke up early to capture my first Jupiter of this season and I had to hurry because Jupiter was about to hide behind the trees.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 6-inch f/8; 3x Barlow, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; ToUcam Pro.
April 11, 2003, 19:55 UT.
Jupiter and the 10 days and 2 hours old moon.
This wide field image shows the difference in brightness between the moon and Jupiter.
More information about this brightness aspect: click the image and read on.
Imaged with: Imaged with TV zoom lens @ 10mm, no filters; Vesta Pro [in non-SC mode] and K3CCDTools.
April 3, 2003, 20:47 UT.
Jupiter with Io.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 15cm f/8 1200mm telescope; 3xBarlow, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; Vesta Pro [in non-SC mode] and K3CCDTools.
March 25, 2003, 19:45 - 20:40 UT.
Jupiter in several sizes, with and without moons, but with GRS and a nice shadow of Callisto!
Prime Focus of my TAL-2M






With 3 x Barlow





With 3 x Barlow 'extended'
February 25, 2003, 21:50 UT.
The shadow of Io and also Io itself [the vague shadow just to the right of the darker shadow] and Europa.
Sky map: courtesy of The Planets
Imaged with: TAL-2M 15cm f/8 1200mm telescope; 3x Barlow, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; Vesta Pro [in non-SC mode] and K3CCDTools.
February 24, 2003, 20:05 UT.
Since February 13, 2003 Ganymede has travelled a lot and now has just passed Jupiter at the far side. North is UP.
February 13, 2003, 21:57 and 22:01 UT.
This animation of two AVI's captured at 21:57 UT and 22:01 shows the transit of Ganymede.
The shadow of Ganymede is left and Ganymede itself on the right side. North is UP.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 15cm f/8 1200mm telescope; 3x Barlow, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; Vesta Pro [in non-SC mode].
February 11, 2003, 00:15 UT. Jupiter with moon Io.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 15cm f/8 1200mm telescope; 3x Barlow, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; Vesta Pro [in non-SC mode].
February 10, 2003 00:04 - 00:40 UT
Animation: The shadow of Io on the surface of Jupiter and Io leaving Jupiter.
February 3, 2003, 21:33 UT. The moon Io is just leaving Jupiter.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 15cm f/8 1200mm telescope; 3x Barlow, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; Vesta Pro [in non-SC mode].

January 24, 2003, 21:35 - 21:52 UT.
The moons Io and Europe are approaching Jupiter (Io is closest to Jupiter).
Note the great Red Spot (GRS) on Jupiter.

The top picture is captured with 2xBarlow and 40% enlarged, the lower image with 3xBarlow with no enlargement.

March 10, 2002 - 19:20 UT. I tried not to overexpose Jupiter and yet obtain good visibility of the moons [from left to right: Europa (top), Ganymede (bottom) and Io].

February 16, 2002 - 18:01 UT. Visible are the GRS, the shadow of moon Callisto and the approaching Ganymede.
Imaged with: TAL-2M 15cm f/8 1200mm telescope; 4x Barlow, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter; Vesta Pro [in non-SC mode]