This weekend I had the pleasure to view the night skies from the dark mountains of Pennsylvania.
A beautiful full moon was visible as well as Saturn and Mars early in the evening just before they disappeared below the horizon.
But the most interesting part of the evening for me was viewing the planet Jupiter and it's moons, which looked very much like the photo pictured when viewed through a large pair of 100mm astronomy binoculars. It was truly amazing to stand here on earth and view the moons revolving around Jupiter simply through a pair of binoculars.
Another interesting view was that of passing satellites. Look for what looks to be a star, passing through the sky at a rapid speed. They are hard to track as they cross the night skies, but when you do, it's quite amazing. Click the link and register with Heavens Above. Plug in the longitude and latitude of your location, and see what's passing you by. Track satellites, the International Space Station, and the Space Shuttle.
I would advise any avid campers to purchase a pair of these wonderful binoculars for viewing the night skies as I was very impressed. And when your spending significant amounts of time in places where the sky is so dark that the Milky Way can be viewed with the naked eye - it's a real treat to take a gander through a pair of these astronomy binoculars. The amount of visible stars increases 50-fold.
Surely something that your children, siblings, and relatives are sure to remember. So when camping this summer - be sure to kick back and look up - you never know what you may see.