Colors of Uranus & Neptune.
At the end of his discussion of the perceived colors of Uranus and Neptune, Alan MacRobert invited readers' opinions (September issue, page 56). As a "street corner" telescopist in downtown Baltimore, I gave many passerby observers a glimpse of Uranus while it was conveniently close to Jupiter.
While I see it as green, nearly all of them saw it as blue. Since I gave everyone souvenir Post-it note stickers proclaiming, "I saw ... Uranus! It looks like a little green dot!" I felt like I'd made an embarrassing faux pas. Nevertheless, I still see it as green!
I recently scoped Neptune together with a curious photographer friend. At 166x in my 8-inch Meade SCT, we agreed that it looks like a little blue dot.
Herman M. Heyn