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Thread: Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?

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    Default Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?



    I don't know if I'm mistaken here, but it seems to me that us poor latitude-challenged souls living (up here) in the UK are presently having a raw deal when it comes to observing the outer planets. Worse still, it seems like to persist for the next several years, or have I got this all wrong? (Trying to extract this basic info from the internet has been serious dental extraction business, thus far).
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    Default Re: Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?

    Download Stellarium if you do not already have it, and plug in your location (lat/long) information. You can then examine the positon of the planets for the next several thousad years.

    Much easier than an internet root canal.
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    Default Re: Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?

    For now is true, but it won't last. Jupiter has a 12 year cycle, Saturns is longer at 30 years (these are off the top of my head), I think that means 4 years for Jupiter to ride high in our sky, 15 or so for Saturn, but it'll get a bit better each year along the way.

    You are right - it is a raw deal!

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    Default Re: Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?

    Yep,it's tough for us that live in the Northern Hem.
    I used to live at 51 north and became familiar with the skies at that latitude and was a little frustrated that the planets showed so low in the south.
    Now I have moved to 45 North and still they seem too low.
    I know in time that they will present a higher aspect but it's a long wait.
    So my planetary observations are still very limited which is one reason I went off on a tangent and took up DSO work.
    I have to say that planetary work is very limiting:
    During any one night you will only be able to see just a few planets and only two will be worth looking at (Jupiter and Saturn).
    What are you going to do with the rest of the night?
    Also from our latitudes the planets are so low that the seeing (mostly) hardly warrants spending time on.
    Don't get me wrong-on a night of good seeing the planets are well worth it.
    Do DSO's. There are hundreds of them on display every night whether visual or photographic.
    That's the way to go!

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    Default Re: Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?

    There is alot more out there than just planets, just scan the sky and enjoy the trip
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    Default Re: Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?

    Yep, just unfortunate at the moment both Saturn and Jupiter are both low. Next year is the worse then it gets better again.

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    You guys don't have all bad, for me Saturn peaks at 76º41' around 1840hrs each evening..... While the views are superb, fantastic, life-changing in fact.....
    there is a downside... my binoviewers are at knee level and I have to sit on the cold frosty ground !!! but viewing Saturn at 387x in the Zeiss binoviewers and seeing the polar region,
    the cloud bands, the 'C' ring, the Cassini Division, Encke Minima and hints of the Encke Division makes up for the discomfort somewhat...

    I did manage to improve my setup a little so at least now I don't have to suffer alone, my dear wife can view simultaneously .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kunama View Post
    You guys don't have all bad, for me Saturn peaks at 76º41' around 1840hrs each evening..... While the views are superb, fantastic, life-changing in fact.....
    there is a downside... my binoviewers are at knee level and I have to sit on the cold frosty ground !!! but viewing Saturn at 387x in the Zeiss binoviewers and seeing the polar region,
    the cloud bands, the 'C' ring, the Cassini Division, Encke Minima and hints of the Encke Division makes up for the discomfort somewhat...

    I did manage to improve my setup a little so at least now I don't have to suffer alone, my dear wife can view simultaneously .....

    For any of you Saturn deprived, please feel free to head down here to OZ to share the views
    Perhaps you should invest in a pier extension!
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    Default Re: Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maharg View Post
    I don't know if I'm mistaken here, but it seems to me that us poor latitude-challenged souls living (up here) in the UK are presently having a raw deal when it comes to observing the outer planets. Worse still, it seems like to persist for the next several years, or have I got this all wrong? (Trying to extract this basic info from the internet has been serious dental extraction business, thus far).
    Airfares to Australia are quite reasonable these days...... just saying....
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    Default Re: Too Northerly for the Southerly Planets?

    Yes, and that's why I'm planning on taking an extended holiday 'down' in Teneriffe sometime next year, taking my trusty ES 152mm Mak-Newt scope with me. At a latitude of 28 degrees, I should be able to see Saturn and (perhaps) some of its brighter moons. . . at least a whole lot better than up here in the murky English Midlands. Also, there are the glories of the Milky Way in and around Sagittarius & Scorpius, something I've only ever seen in books and other media. Oh, and last but not least, Mars will be in opposition (I believe in Capricornus?) next July. Really, there's no free will left in the matter. Need to butter up my Spanish, though. . .

    PS. I have this dream of flying down to Alice Springs (or NZ's South Island) before I shuffle off this mortal coil. There's a third of the heavens I've yet to see . . and there's still time, hopefully.

 

 

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