Where to see Uranus: An actual photo of the sky

Sep 30

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9/30/2013 9:39 AM  RssIcon

Here is a photo I took of the Delta Piscium region of the sky, which include Uranus in it. The size of the image is about 7 degrees across left to right, and 6 degrees up and down, so approximately a 7x50 or 7x35 binoculars field of view. Stars down to magnitude 11 are visible when looking at the image zoomed-in, but practically speaking, 9th magnitude is about the faintest most will see easily here. Therefore, from moderately light polluted skies, this is what you could expect to see with typical 7x50 binoculars, though the sky background may look lighter for you.

It is quite easy to find - as long as you follow the "trick" for finding 4.4 magnitude Delta Psc that I detailed in this week's Eyes on the Sky video. That star is BARELY visible from my house, which means it IS invisible to a lot of others under worse light pollution. Once you find that from Pegasus, Uranus is pretty easy to locate.

Uranus and Delta Piscium, binoculars view


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