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    I have a pair of 12x50 binoculars, coated optics, 275ft at 1000 yds.
    which planets might I be able to see through it? and what else can i see with it?

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    Mars, Saturn, Jupiter & Venus. The Moon can look spectacular through binoculars, as can some of the star clusters, Hyades and Pleiades for example

    With Jupiter you can often spot the four largest moons, saturn of course the rings depending on the inclination to Earth.

    Some people claim you can see Uranus, but it is difficult to find, and would look very small, faint and star like.

    Mercury is a very difficult object to find, and as with Venus, you are looking toward the Sun at sunrise and sunset, remember not to look directly at the Sun itself as this will cause eyesight problems, not excluding blindness

    Stars and Nebulae around Orions Belt are good targets.

    Some advice, leave your binoculars outside for about an hour before you do any observations, this allows the temperature of the air inside them to equalise with that outside, this will aid focus.

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    you can see uranus and a lot of stars

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    12x is tough to hand hold. Do you have a steady tripod?

    Mercury is a dot. Venus shows a crescent. Earth is pretty good. Mars is an orange blob. Jupiter should show bands and the 4 moons. Saturn may show bands, and the rings - though the rings are nearing edge on just now. Titan and a few of the brighter moons will be visible. Uranus is a blueish disk. Neptune is a greenish point. The Moon's craters and other features are clear.

    The great Andromeda Galaxy (m31) is a fuzz ball. The great cluster in Hercules (m13) is a fuzz ball. The great Orion Nebula show a little detail. The double cluster in Perseus is pretty cool. You'll easily be able to see both fuzz balls.

    The sky maps (see link) have lists of binocular objects every month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike B View Post
    Some advice, leave your binoculars outside for about an hour before you do any observations, this allows the temperature of the air inside them to equalize with that outside, this will aid focus.
    Mike - nice tip. I've seen these big scopes with fans on them and read of longer cool down times with Schmidts & Maks.

    Makes sense to do with binocs as well. Thanks!

    Mug

 

 

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