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16-08-2010, 12:08 AM
All the books say it is posible to see uranus with the naked eye. Is this true and if so what am I looking for. I know its near Jupiter and I will be using iether binoculers or my 4" scope. Would it be better to wait until the moon has gone again in a fortnight or so?
16-08-2010, 12:21 AM
That can't be right, but I'm no X---pert.:eyepop:
Hope others will comment.
16-08-2010, 12:33 AM
Ok maybe not all the books but I defo read it somewhere and did think that it sounded a bit doggy. But it is near Jupiter?
16-08-2010, 12:48 AM
Yes Mike, it is close to Jupiter. I am impatiently waiting for some clear nights with good seeing. I,m currently upgrading my optics on my 10" dob to help me to view the moons of Uranus, or should I say spot the moons.
Hi Mike - yes, we checked it out a couple of weeks ago, and was close to Jupiter. It is small, but you can see a bit of colour to its disc - blueygreen. I would find it hard to see with your naked eye though.
The Moon shouldnt be a problem if looking through a scope, unless its right on Jupiter. Your 4" should be fine for it. :)
If you download Stellarium (free and great) you can zoom in on Jupiter and see exactly where Uranus is. www.stellarium.org (http://www.stellarium.org)
Am at work so cant do it, but will do a screenshot tomorrow from Stellarium to show you.
Neptune is a lot harder, well I thought so anyway.
Thanks for that Liz, I'll have to give Uranus a go - I didn't think I'd see much at all.
And crikey :eyepop: Jupiter is very bright at the moment - esp. after viewing it when your eyes have been dark adapted for a while. Ended up going back inside the house to open up my pupils and get used to light! :lol:
As promised, a stellarium image ..... Its a pretty quiet starfield around Jupiter at the moment,so should be a bit easier. Uranus is just north of it (or south in your scope), give it a go, and take your time looking and using averted vision, the coloured disc will announce 'Uranus'. ;)
16-08-2010, 12:47 PM
I am very proud of you all you have done very well to not go to the obvious jokes this thread could have led to very restrained and refined.:P
:lol::lol: I have been soooo tempted, dont worry about that ..... but I will bend over backwards to help others spot Uranus, such is the person I am. :rolleyes:
17-08-2010, 09:34 AM
Of coarse its been cloudy after all the good advice!!!!!!!!!
I will keep trying. Another question though.
We have four planets all lined up, how rare is this and about how often does it happen. Will i see i again in this live? Im 46.
yes, good old cloud cover. :help:
Question re next good alignmnet of planets was asked in on IIS, and the answer was September 2040!!!
17-08-2010, 11:51 AM
Uranus is mag 5.8 at moment and brightening to mag. 5.7 over the next few weeks. By the end of December it will be mag. 5.9. Any object at magnitude mag. 6 requires a very dark sky but it is doable.
17-08-2010, 09:25 PM
Yes a very unfortunate thread title indeed:lol:
Mike, Uranus can be visible to the naked eye under good skies. I personally have spotted it with the naked eye many years ago in the middle of central NSW. Unfortunately most of us have Buckley's theses days, with all the light pollution. But a pair of binos should pick it up in the 'burbs.
After Uranus, go for Neptune, then Pluto (I'm still old school, so I class Pluto as one of the "original nine" planets)
Yes indeed Stephen. ;)
Found this from Jodrell Band Centre for Astrophsics -
..'This month, Uranus lies a few degrees to the right of Jupiter. On the first of August, Uranus, at 5.8 magnitude, is close to a 6.3 magnitude star which lies between it and Jupiter some 3 degrees to its lower left. As the month progresses, Jupiter closes on Uranus and at month's end is just 1 degree 45 arc minutes to its lower left, just below the 7th magnitude star and so forming a right angle triangle. Given a small telescope you may resolve the 3.6 arc second greenish-blue disk. With Jupiter on the left, both will be seen together in a binocular field of view and Uranus will be the brightest object in the field after Jupiter.'
- thus, at end of month, it will be very close to Jupiter!!
18-08-2010, 08:49 PM
:PThat's it, I'm of to Medownick laser clinic!:sadeyes::question:
26-08-2010, 05:18 PM
Uranus can be seen with the unaided eye, but as pointed out it is around 6th mag and so you would require dark skies, certainly without the Moon. I was able to watch it a few years ago at the Queensland Astrofest, but to be honest I didn't even try to spot it this year. Jupiter is also a bright light in the sky, so I'm not sure how this will affect visibility.
Good luck with the viewing.
26-08-2010, 11:36 PM
all u need is a good mirror and u can see uranus
13-10-2010, 12:37 AM
You would need good dark skies to see it without a scope or bino's. Even my finderscope was pushing the boundaries to locate it recently.
13-10-2010, 11:25 AM
Oh, ain't we saucy...
I've been able to see Uranus with my 10X50 binos from my home in Sydney. I've used a Sky and Telescope downloadable map to find it and Neptune last year, here is the current one:
I much prefer the old fashioned printed version of charts out in the field.
Uranus is easy to identify through a scope, even if at low power, because of its distinct blue/green colour. High power will begin to just give the disk some volume compared to the surrounding stars.
Neptune is much trickier. The only real way to identify it is with its striking blue colour, much too blue to be a star. A disk is next to impossible to make out. But you need to be patient to spot it. Blue isn't an easy colour for our eyes to make out, especially with such a small target.
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