The Planet Saturn was the very night sky object that got me hooked into astronomy.
Finding Saturn, with a small 60mm refractor and a wobbly tripod.
The very fact that you can see it's rings, and it has such a 3 dimensional appearance to it, even
through a small telescope, makes it one of the most fascinating planets for amateur astronomers.
But here is the big problem for you as an observer.
You only have a very short window of opportunity to observe Saturn right now.
A window of perhaps 4 weeks, and that's it.
So I encourage you to take advantage of any clear night, to get out and see it, while you can.
Now here are three tips I want to share with you:
1) If you own an iphone or other apple device, then consider getting this free app:
Gas Giants. It's chockful of information on Saturn.
2) Use approx 70x to 180x to observe the Planet, again this will depend on the aperture
and type of scope you are using. Remember the 50x per inch of aperture rule as a guideline.
3) Use light coloured filters to increase contrast (these are the type that will thread into the bottom
of your 1.25" or 2" eyepiece.)
Take advantage right now of this short window of opportunity.
Guaranteed to be clear for a few nights, because we are just coming up to Full Moon. . ;-)
An excellent eyepiece that I have used to observe Saturn, is this one here, and I have mentioned
The Baader Planetarium 8-24mm zoom eyepiece. It is like having 4 eyepieces in one.
And you don't have to be switching eyepieces and fiddling with your telescope's focusser
which can be a royal pain.....you know where.
Optically, it is really well made and constructed. Baader uses their own proprietary
Phantom group coatings.
You will see the difference when you look through it.
And I can't say that for most zoom's I've seen.
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on the Baader Zoom eyepiece.