Up Early and Looking Up

It is not unusual for me to be awake early. It is not because I set an alarm. In fact, I hate alarms and one that is set next to my head will bother me long before it activates. The way I see it, when I wake up I get up. That means I am typically up between 0530 and 0600.

Certainly many of you too are up and about before the sun rises. If you are outside before the sun is up in an area where city light does not obscure the sky there are some cool astronomical objects to check out.

Sitting in blind or tree stand there may not be a clear visual path to the sky. If you have an unobstructed view of the sky and you look east before sunrise you can see Jupiter. Good binoculars will improve observation of the giant planet. If your binoculars are really nice you might even be able to make out the larger moons of Jupiter.

View through a low end inexpensive home telescope. Those little pinpoints of light aside Jupiter are moons.

Being up early and with Jupiter on the horizon I took a look with my low-end second hand Meade telescope. Very impressive.

If you are up early, take a little time and enjoy what’s happening around you and look up from time to time.