Hello all! I just recently was able to afford a telescope, I haven't had one since I was a kid.
I don't know all the technical terms yet, so please bear with me!
I was looking at the moon around 4:00 a.m. EST, and there was a planet to the lower left of the moon I was able to focus on. I first thought it must be Jupiter, but when looking at it through the 25mm + 3x Barlow, it was a full grayish planet without visible rings, but with several moons in a straight diagonal line to the planet. I think I could almost make out shadows of rings on the actual planet, but it could have been a focusing issue too.
Does anyone know if I was actually seeing Jupiter without the rings visible? Were the rings at an angle not visible from my perspective? Or was a seeing another planet (maybe Mercury) with a coincidental line of stars in the background?
Thanks in advance for any help!