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Possible Uranus Sighting?

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#1 SpaceLover1


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Posted 11 April 2024 - 09:06 PM

I was observing the Moon and Jupiter tonight, and while I was on Stellarium, I noticed that Uranus was almost directly above Jupiter relative to the night sky. After I learned that, I looked in that direction and saw a point of light which shone a light bluish color. There were no stars around it for me to compare it to (to discern if it was just a star as opposed to a planet) and I couldn't resolve a disk (I was only using 63x power). However, the telescope was aimed in the correct spot relative to Jupiter, and it was the brightest object in the field of view (I couldn't note any other object beside it). I'm highly positive I saw Uranus, which surprises me, because this is the first time I have ever attempted to view a planet that wasn't already visible to the naked eye. I'm still unsure though, so I just wanted to get your opinions. Thank you in advance!

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Posted 11 April 2024 - 09:16 PM

Uranus is barely naked eye visible in perfect conditions and if you know where to look. So its very easy to see even in the smallest telescopes. Sounds like you probably saw it.

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Posted 11 April 2024 - 09:43 PM

Congrats! Your first Uranus sighting! I had my first a few months ago, and managed to squeek out Neptune. But, I have a computer go-to which makes it easy. You did it the old fashioned way! Congrats!
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Posted 11 April 2024 - 10:19 PM

You definitely saw it. There's still a tiny bit of lingering twilight left... but I spotted it just now (8:05pm PDT) in my Docter 15x60s. Pretty easy, since it's at mag 5.8, and their separation is only a little over 1.5 degrees... and as you say, there are no other stars that bright that are directly above it.


Good job!   waytogo.gif

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Posted 11 April 2024 - 10:42 PM

I can see up to magnitude 5.4 to magnitude 5.6 stars naked eyes. I have not try for Uranus yet, but then I only stargaze at midnight till 5AM, and right now at that time Uranus is gone. 


But will try next time.


Sir OP, what is your sky Bortle Sir?

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Posted 11 April 2024 - 10:43 PM

Right now with my 7x50s it is dim because it is low. Definitely non-stellar, it looks a little spooky.

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Posted 12 April 2024 - 04:16 AM

Uranus is exactly as you have described. So I'm confident that Uranus is exactly what you saw. Congratulations on your discovery!!

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Posted 14 April 2024 - 05:57 AM

How exciting - I will have to try and find it now!

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Posted 14 April 2024 - 09:24 PM

Here's a screen shot from SkySafari on that date.

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