I saw an article in my news feed (CBS I think it was) saying Saturn was so close this Tuesday, its rings can be seen through ordinary telescopes. Kind of made me feel like my 5" SCT must be really special since I can see Saturn's rings no trouble. Gosh, my telescope isn't ordinary. Cool!
In all seriousness though, are there "ordinary" telescopes that can't see Saturn's rings? I'm assuming this is typical media science hyperbole, but it crossed my mind that I don't think I've ever looked at Saturn with anything less than a 4.5" aperture, and I don't remember ever having a hard time seeing the rings (detail on the rings is another matter). It's also the case that I haven't been observing Saturn consistently year to year, so I could just have been lucky during the years I was able to observe. So am I wrong? Would a 50 mm or 60 mm have trouble showing the rings during certain years?