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    Hi there skywatchers! Of late I have only been able to see Jupiter (spectacularly I might add) and Mars through my 4.5" telescope, I know approximately where Uranus is situated in the sky but have not yet identified it (mainly I assume because of the nighttime conditions). Am I expecting too much of my scope in wanting to see Uranus?
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    hi and welcome to the forums,
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    Welcome to the forum. I would think you can see it, but it is so much smaller than Jupiter. It will probably look like a colored star.
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    It should be bright enough, so go to maximum magnification and see if it is more disk like.

    Failing that get a good star chart. Uranus is the one that isn't there.

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    Uranus will look like a yellow-to-green-to-aqua colored object just bigger than a star (about 3X) in a 4.5" scope. Theoretically its possible to see naked eye, but even the anchient astronomers who spent all their time doing astronomy never saw it.

    Search procedure:
    A) point scope in appropriate direction (just below the head of Pices)
    B) with a low-medium power EP (1-2 degrees), use a methodological search pattern left-to-right 3-4 EP widths then 1/2 EP width up-to-down, search the area of 6M objects
    C) for each 6M object found, center it, then insert higher power EP and see if you can see a lack of diffraction rings. Stars will have diffraction rings, Uranus will not.
    D) if you finish the 4*4 grid and have found nothing, recheck you grip position on a star chart, and start over, do not get frustrated.

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    Here is a pic thru an 8" dob using a 6.4mm plossel,
    Its a pretty bluish star sized disc.




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    Uranus is a tough cookie to crack.I got a image of it a couple nights ago.It had a bluish color and not much brighter than surrounding stars.Just go slow in your search and when you find it.You will have a new notch in your astronomy belt
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    I've seen it a few time myself, about 3 weeks ago, ESE, through my Nexstar 8SE. You can see a very small disk, bluish, but not much else. This was through a fair amount of light pollution though. This was through an 8mm ocular. Never tried to photograph it, however. Dave's picture is pretty good. If I didn't know any better, I would say I see a ring system!
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    Yes you should be able to see Uranus and Neptune both. I have observed them both in my ST120 (4.7 inches). It really comes down to knowing exactly where to look and what you're looking for. Uranus will come nearer to showing a tiny disk and it is brighter of course. I usually see it as greenish, where as Neptune I see as bluish. The thing about both of them is that they just look different than a star will; sort of like a bloated star if you will. I have put a link at the bottom of the page which has some information and links to charts. You can also use Stellarium (free download) to pinpoint the location as well.

    As far as the ancients, I believe they did see Uranus, as it would have been visible to the naked eye. However, it was fainter and showed much slower proper motion against the background stars than any of the known "wanderers". I believe they just didn't detect it's motion and it would have only been another background star as far as they were concerned.

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    Thank you good people for your quick and interesting response to my query about Uranus. All I need now is clear skies!

 

 
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