Mars with rings

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Mars with rings

Postby Mostem » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:28 pm

Hey all, I have this handheld telescope (the one that pirates were depicted to have) and I decided to look at the orange light in the sky which turned out to be a planet!

The image was super blurry but I could see a beige circle with a ‘wide’ ring surrounding it tilted from North east to south west (top to bottom). I initially assumed that this was Saturn because of the ring but then I realised that I probably couldn’t see Saturn with the naked eye nor this cheap telescope.

Upon investigating with a night sky map app I realised this planet is mars (which makes much more sense haha). No matter what I do, I see mars with a ring around does anyone know why this could be?

INB4 the government made the night sky up ;)
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Re: Mars with rings

Postby Graeme1858 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:14 pm

Mars and Saturn are not too far apart from each other in the evening sky at the moment and both can be seen easily with the naked eye. If you were looking at Saturn then you wouldn't have seen the colours you describe. If you were looking at Mars then the rings you saw could have been an artefact of the telescope. Can you borrow another telescope or a pair of binoculars and have another look?

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Re: Mars with rings

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:10 pm

I have seen Saturn's rings in 15x70 binoculars but need a telescope to resolve the space between the planet and rings.
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