Tonight I got to see a real live planet [Well, as live the the time it takes for the light to reach the Earth - Ed]. If you did not know, Jupiter is extremely bright and quite close to us at the moment. So much so, that it’s actually difficult to miss. If you look outside during a clear night you’ll almost certainly spot it.
Look for the one star that is as bright as the moon.
Tonight was an especially good night as it was cool, clear and the moon was hidden at around 9:30.
The following picture really does not do it justice, as my astrophotography skills are a bit on the rusty side (I also need to find a way to increase magnification when attaching my camera). The view through the eyepiece was very impressive however, the “bands” on Jupiter’s surface were clearly visible, although I never seem to be able to time it right to see the big spot.