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How do you find Saturn through a telescope?

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Saturn is one of the few planets that is easily spotted with a trained eye, but a telescope reveals its wonders in more detail. It is easily found with a telescope by those who know the best time and location to seek it out. As of 2014, in the Northern hemisphere, it appears between Antares and Mars, in the constellation of Libra. In the latter part of the year, it can be seen best in late evening, around 10 p.m. Using a telescope with a 2.4 inch aperture is advised.

  1. Select the best time of year and night

    During the second half of 2014, viewing from the Northern Hemisphere, Saturn is best seen at its high point around 10 p.m. During this time, it appears amidst the constellation Libra near two of Libra's moderately bright stars, Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali.

  2. Pick out Saturn

    If you've chosen the right time, spotting the golden-colored Saturn is easy. As of late 2014, it's visible between two noteworthy markers in the sky: the bright star Antares on one side with the reddish Mars and the bluish white star Spica on the other.

  3. Choose a proper telescope lens for a more detailed view

    Although Saturn is visible to the naked eye, a telescope allows for a much more detailed look. A lens with a 2.4-inch aperture reveals Saturn's rings, the dark Cassini Division that splits the ring system into the outer ring A and inner ring B, and Saturn's largest moon, Titan.


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