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Is it possilbe to view planets with a 10x30 binoculars (+image stabiliser) where abouts do i look bearing In mind I am a beginner to astronomy.
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« Reply #1 on: 03/05/2007 13:39:14 »
Bear in mind that the major planets were identified by the ancients before the invention of the telescope, you should be able to see as well with the naked eye (aside from the issue of light pollution maybe getting in the way - something the ancients did not have to contend with).

So the issue is not really whether you can see the planets (excepting the outer planets), but whether you can see surface detail on the planets (which does require some magnification, but I cannot tell you if a 10x30 binocular would be sufficient - others no doubt will know that better).
 

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« Reply #2 on: 03/05/2007 13:46:19 »
although it's not a planet, you should be able too see crators on the moon with that magnification. As for planets, i don't think you will see them in any detail. i'm sure others will offer more assistance.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 03/05/2007 15:25:50 »
Is it possilbe to view planets with a 10x30 binoculars (+image stabiliser) where abouts do i look bearing In mind I am a beginner to astronomy.
I don't think so; however it depends on what "to view planets" means, as George said: you can "view" Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn very well with the naked eye.
About viewing details, I have a 20x60 quite good binocular and, holding it well still, with some patience I can distinguish Saturn's ring (there are many, but I perceive one). I didn't manage to see Jupiter's red spot, however.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 04/05/2007 12:36:15 »
thanks for your replies I'll have to get my planosphere out again
Regards Lee
 

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« Reply #5 on: 06/05/2007 11:08:21 »
Moon larger craters and mountain ranges

Jupiter the disk possibly a belt across it plus the four Galilean satellites

Saturn the disk and rings when they are tilted towards us and possibly Titan the biggest satellite


Venus the phases once it has got below half phase towards a crescent.

Mars maybe a disk close to favourable oppositions but no detail

Mercury no detail or phases. but using the binoculars will help you pick it up in the twilight.

Uranus you will not be able to tell it from a faint star but you should be able to not it moving through the stars if you watch on successive nights.

Neptune is right at the limit of detectability but it is theoretically possible in good locations

Pluto no hope you need a 10 - 12 inch telescope to see this

You should also be able to see the minor planet Vesta during its very favourable opposition in the next few weeks.

Binoculars will also resolve some of the wider binary stars like Alberio.

and show you more detail of bright nebulae like the orion nebula
« Last Edit: 06/05/2007 11:13:33 by Soul Surfer »
 

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« Reply #6 on: 06/05/2007 22:11:21 »
...Saturn the disk and rings when they are tilted towards us...
With a 10x30? My compliments for your sight!  :)
 

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« Reply #7 on: 07/05/2007 00:10:22 »
My first telescope was about 12x30 and I saw Saturn as a definitely oval blob  near opposition when the rings were quite open.  As to whether you could see they were clearly rings rather than an oval planet well it is a bit iffy.  The finder of my current eight inch schmit cassegrain reflector is only 8x50 and Saturn definitely looks a bit oval in that at the moment.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 09/05/2007 16:50:36 »
i wud think u can see planets without help at all! but how well is a diffrent story
 

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