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    Hi from near Belfast here. Quite like astronomy as a casual interest, and did one of those helium balloon launches and got some decent pictures. I'll post a few if anyone is interested, but apart from that I'm pretty clueless. The main reason I signed up was to see if anyone could identify what I think may be a planet I accidently took a picture of the other day.

    Was in Lisburn and was taking a picture of the sun on my phone and it was clear blue skies but my phone picked up something (due to the contrast the sun made the sky appear darker and it popped up, but wasn't visible to the naked eye) and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on what it was. It was on Monday at about 1200-1230 and facing roughly south east. Any info much appreciated. Also apologies if I'm wasting anyones time by reading this! Cheers!

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    Can't tell which way up you were holding the phone but Venus is slightly above and to the right of the sun at present so it could be that. It's about the only planet that is bright enough to be visible in daytime and it's possible to capture it on camera if you're pointing in the right direction.

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    Default Re: From Ireland? - Irish Astronomers Introduce Yourselves Here!

    Quote Originally Posted by midiphile View Post
    Can't tell which way up you were holding the phone but Venus is slightly above and to the right of the sun at present so it could be that. It's about the only planet that is bright enough to be visible in daytime and it's possible to capture it on camera if you're pointing in the right direction.
    The way it's shown is the way I was looking at it, so it looks like it would be slightly to the left.

    Who knows what it is?! lol.

    But thanks for the reply.

    I took this with a weather balloon:

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    Hi. Chris from Wexford here. Just about finished my obsey and waiting for some clear skies to set up my 200p Dob AZ. Its been a while coming but now I am looking forward to sitting in comfort while viewing the night sky. Good luck.

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    Best of luck Chris. I like the thought of sitting in comfort but need to find someplace with a larger garden before I can do anything about it.

    I'm also waiting for the clouds to clear as I've just started a week's holiday in the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve but the forecast doesn't look too good so I might just have to fine a little pub where I can sit in comfort with and imagine what I could be seeing if only. Still who knows the clouds might part tomorrow.

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    Hi Ciaran. Best of luck with the weather in Kerry. It dont look good but hopefully you may get a break. Like you say. "There is always the pub"

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    Hi All,
    Just got a Skywatcher Skyliner 150P scope. First time getting into astronomy, not sure what I can expect with that scope but I hear it's decent. I'd like to try and get a good look at Saturn and see what kind of detail I can make out. Is it possible to distinguish the rings with that kind of scope...?

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    Yes, you will get a good view of the rings of Saturn with that scope.

    The bad news is, not for a while yet. Saturn should become easily visible at a decent hour by next Spring, although you can catch it in the morning from mid-January. It will be low in the sky for the next few years.
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    Hi Macdknife,

    I'm not familiar with your scope so can't say exactly what your view will be like. However you should certainly be able to see that Saturn has rings and can probably see the main gap between the rings and the planet itself. It's a great sight to see but is smaller that you might expect and I've never been able to make out any real detail on it from my city location. Your conditions will probably be darker than mine unless you're in the center of town so your view should be better.

    At the moment Saturn is hidden by the glare of the sun so I don't think it will be easily viewable for some months yet. Jupiter is the other must see planet and you will easily see the larger markings on the planet with your scope. You'll also see the four main moons without much trouble. At the moment though it's not visible much before 2am so takes a bit of effort to see it. The moon is pretty good these nights though and if it's detail you're after you won't find better anywhere in the universe.

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    Hi Macdnife. I have a similar scope to yours. You will be able to see all the planets and much more, at the right time of course. Is yours a Dob?

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