We forgot the part that goes on the telescope to hook up a camera to photograph what is seen through the eye of the telescope. But look what I could get just pushing my camera as close to the eye piece as I could and clicking away!
Bernie had focused the telescope on Jupiter. Then he had me take a look.
I looked and looked, thinking I was seeing a bunch of stars.
When my brain finally said: That IS Jupiter, and those other tiny stars are Jupiter's four largest moons I started whooping!
The moons were each a different size, space artfully around the planet, looking like a set of tiny pearls around a much bigger central gleaming pearl.
The four big moons were first sighted by Galileo in 1609, and they were named almost immediately Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Since then more and more moons have been sighted; currently the number stands at 63 moons orbiting Jupiter.