The full Moon is interesting to view as the Sun shines directly on the Lunar surface and we see Tycho rays stretching hundreds of miles.
For astronomers interested in deep sky observing the full Moon tends to wash out views of fainter objects, below are the dates for the full Moon for 2021 which should help you plan your observing over the coming year. 28 January 27 February 28 March 27 April 26 May 24 June 24 July 22 August 21 September 20 October 19 November 19 December
International Space Station Sighting Information
The International space station has been a bright naked eye object from the UK regularly, moving quite slowly from west to east outshining all the stars visible. Timings vary of sightings but pre dawn and after dark passes are very common.
We managed to see the solar panels a few years ago through an 80mm refractor at just 50x magnification and the shuttle Atlantis could be seen in close proximity for a couple of days after.
There are many satellites visible to the naked eye, even the shuttle itself can be spotted but most move too fast to catch in a telescope. Many modern goto telescopes use a system that allows you to see them pass through by means of a countdown timer. To check sighting information in your location please visit the NASA website Click here
Jupiter 2021 Opposition
Jupiter will be visible in the South once again revealing it's cloud belts and moons through telescopes from 60mm or larger. Even modest binoculars will show the moons strung out in a line close to the giant planet.
Jupiter is a favourite for new astronomers and old with the ever changing cloud structure and the clearly visible moons circling the giant planet.
Jupiter will reach opposition on August 19th and remain visible from Spring through to Autumn.
The giant Planet is a little higher in the sky and brighter for UK observers this year.
Saturn 2021 Opposition
The ringed planet will be visible throughout the summer and autumn of 2021, reaching opposition on August 2nd.
The rings are spectacular and are easily visible even through instruments as small as 60mm.
Saturn is a naked eye object but magnifications of 50x and above are required to see the rings well, five of Saturns moons are visible in modest telescopes.
New SkyWatcher Evolux Refractors
The SkyWatcher Evolux range is currently in prototype form pictured here, these are expected to fall somewhere between the Evostar DS Pro and Esprit ranges. Notable features are sliding dewshields, green and white colour scheme and dual finder shoes - hinting at being geared towards attaching the Evoguide for imaging along with a visual finder.