- This is a great time to observe Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.
- You can use a powerful telescope, but even a pair of binoculars at 20x magnification will do the job.
- Use a planisphere or a planetarium app on your smartphone to quickly locate the planets.
This last month saw a boom in planetary sightings across the world. Wherever you observed the night sky from you couldn't fail to have seen, and been impressed by, the view of Venus and Jupiter dancing around in the twilight after the sun had set.
While these two planets were setting, Mars and Saturn were rising in the East, continuing the celestial show. It's easy enough to still spot these planets with the naked eye, but to really get the most out of them a telescope or powerful binoculars are needed.
There is no better time than now to learn about how to get the most out of your equipment for planet spotting.
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First things first: magnification. To be able to see any decent level of detail, a magnification of at least 20 is needed. Anything less than this and you'll just see the planets as bright stars.