Venus and Uranus
I saw Neptune last month because of its close encounter with Venus in the sky. Last night, using the same method, I saw Uranus for the first time!
I only took wide-angle shots using afocal method. Venus and Uranus were viewed within the field of view (FOV) of my telescope. This means that the planets were only less than a degree apart.
Below is the most decent image I can get with my setup:
You can still observe the close pairing of the planets until Feb. 15, 2012. You will need a pair of binoculars or telescope to do this. Venus is already visible around 5:30pm and it is the brightest of the two star-like objects in the western sky – the other one is Jupiter which is located above Venus.
I am so happy that I’ve finally seen all the 8 major planets with my own eyes and through the aid of telescopes. It’s an accomplishment! I hope you too would like to try this endeavor.
Clear skies, everyone and happy observing!