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It's worth noting that pre-space era even with the largest available telescopes e.g. the 5 meter Hale telescope or the Yerkes refractor there was very little knowledge of the visual appearance of the moons of Saturn, never mind the moons of the outer planets. The angular diameter of the largest moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon, is just 0.1'' which is beyond the ability to spot detail using a conventional Earth based telescope due to the effect of the atmosphere. 

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As noted, you won't see any detail but its quite possible to capture the brighter moons of Uranus with simpke equipment without too much skill.

Here is a link to my attempt a few years ago with my 10in Newt. A scope that size isn't required though.


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