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BeefStewpid
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Re: Uranus for the first time new [Re: BeefStewpid]
      #6138234 - 10/15/13 01:34 AM

So I was able to see it as a disk tonight. One thing that helped me tremendously was that there was a star near it which stayed in the same field of view even under high magnification, so I could compare it to an actual star that wasn't much dimmer. I think if that star weren't there, that I wouldn't have been confident that it was a disk and not just a smudged out star. I'm guessing without the moon it would be easier.

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Re: Uranus for the first time new [Re: maugi88]
      #6138586 - 10/15/13 09:05 AM

Through my 6, 10, and 15-inch Uranus looks like a tiny turquoise-green disk, especially at 200X and above. However, through the 15-inch I caught a glimpse recently of either Titania or Oberon, the largest moons of Uranus. I once made out three of them from the Okie-Tex Starparty through a 25-inch Dob. Some folks have seen faint features on the planet itself when the seeing is very steady with telescopes as small as 9-inches in aperture.

Taras


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