Chris Peterson wrote:CURRAHEE CHRIS wrote:Or rather Neptune as I initially thought- because it looked "blue" and I had recently read that it is possible to observe Neptune with the naked eye.
FWIW, you're not likely to see Neptune without a telescope. It is barely on the edge of visibility by the most expert observers with extraordinary vision working under the darkest skies. And even for them, there will be no hint of color. This is an object that an expert will only see as another faint star in a field of stars. It will never stand out.
Agreed- which was what I read as well- which was why I was shaking my head in disbelief- and led me to look further and think it through and ultimately the right conclusion- Jupiter.
I did use the Moon as my guide for finding it the next morning. I knew about Venus as well and am looking forward to seeing her too through my scope.
My stargazing is going much quicker than anticipated! Thank you all for the kind words and support