If we birders use our scopes for birding, why can't we also use them for viewing space? Last night we had the pleasure of viewing a full moon through my scope. It was really incredible seeing the craters - hey, I even saw the flag! (Just kidding.)
A digiscoped shot I took of the moon on 3/22/16
There was an exceptionally bright dot just above the moon, so I then aimed my scope on whatever that dot was. I magnified the lens. There were four stars vertically aligned behind this seemingly large object, and the object itself had at least two darker lines across its mostly faded background. I was pretty sure that this was the planet Jupiter, and I looked online to see if it were even possible.
You hear about and see photos of the solar system, but seeing it through a telescope with your own eyes is a completely different deal. We cannot see everything in space, but what we can see is still very much awe-inspiring.
Anyway, on the website EarthSky, I saw a post where it said Jupiter was at its closest to the moon on March 21. So yesterday when we viewed the planet, it was still quite close to the moon. So cool! This has definitely inspired me to pay more attention to the incredible night sky.