How to Observe Planets

Planets have been known about since ancient times, the terms literally meaning wanders. However through a telescope you will be able to observe some of the most dynamic and interesting objects in the night's sky.

Even a small telescope will show you the other worlds in our solar system, revealing details on the giant planets. With a medium-sized telescope, you will see the closer planets; Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn change on a nightly basis.

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Compared to the outer planets Mercury and Venus are bright close targets, but can be suprisingly difficult to see.

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Very little can be seen of Venus, however one thing that can be sometimes be captured with the aid of a camera is the clouds of the planet.

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Juipiter and its moons can be seen together at the same time with the naked eye, but it takes a little more work when using a camera.

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A rare event when Mercury can be seen travelling across the solar disk from the Earth.

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