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    Default Uranus viewing 18 Nov 2016



    Tonight is going to be a good night to see uranus from Oklahoma if the sky stays clear. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how best to get a glimpse of if. I will be using my Nexstar evolution 9.25 with my 5D Mark III attached for photos. Thank you in advance for your input.

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    Default Re: Uranus viewing 18 Nov 2016

    Best of luck with Uranus, Ethan!

    It's gonna be small, and almost stellar in appearance. The key in my mind is to watch for the color. The icy light blue makes this planet stand out from the star field. Once you've acquired it, lay all the power to it you can that the atmosphere and your scope will allow. It'll just barely resolve as a disk this way.

    It's not a terribly difficult to observe as long as you've got your star hop down (if you aren't using goto). I've observed it with my AD12, my 60mm frac, and my 10x50 binoculars.

    Give ol' Neptune a shot too. Much the same kind of deal, though to my eye a bit more greenish-blue in coloration if my memory is serving me properly.

    Notes from my last observation:

    11. Uranus - Planet in Pisces - 22:00:57 - Well, not quite as aqua as Neptune, and ever so slightly larger, more of an icy cyan in color. The poor seeing of course is back in play at 25º in altitude. No moons for me on this planet either. Good to see Luinil again, nonetheless. Mag 5.7, 100.0% illuminated.

    That was back on 27 September.

    Let us know how you fare!
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    Default Re: Uranus viewing 18 Nov 2016

    Ethan, here is a recent thread that you may find notable: Imaging Small Planets Like Uranus?
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    Default Re: Uranus viewing 18 Nov 2016

    I'll give it a try tonight as well. I see it'll be aligned quite well epsilon Psc and zeta Psc A. Also makes a nice triangle with zeta Psc A and 88 Psc.

    Tough one to find.

    ;-) keep an eye out for the Clingons!
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    Default Re: Uranus viewing 18 Nov 2016

    Bryan,
    Thank you so much for the info, I am able to get a glimpse of it through my 80mm refrac, but the nexstar dew situation strikes again, I am going to have to wait till the dew buster gets here next week to try and use it since we just had a cold snap. But I will say that it is a very nice twinkle once I got it locked into frame.
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    Great info on that thread, I am still missing some key pieces to be able to do a decent imaging, I was able to at least get it locked in and see it even though it looks like a slightly larger pretty color star. I have a Baader Planetarium Hyperion 8-24 mm Click Stop Zoom Mark III coming in so between that, the dew shield and dew buster hopefully arriving by the middle of next I may be able to go camping for my B-Day and do some imaging. fingers crossed... fingers crossed... rubbing the lucky rabbits foot... (never understood how it is lucky... had it really been lucky it would still be attached to an alive and well rabbit... lol)
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    Quote Originally Posted by cleary524 View Post
    I'll give it a try tonight as well. I see it'll be aligned quite well epsilon Psc and zeta Psc A. Also makes a nice triangle with zeta Psc A and 88 Psc.

    Tough one to find.

    ;-) keep an eye out for the Clingons!
    How did it go? any good pics? and oh yeah... no Clingons in my small part of the sky...

 

 

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