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Astronomy News

We dont just sell Telescopes, we use them! This regularly updated section explains what can be seen from the UK with a variety of instruments as well as showcasing new ideas in astronomy

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New SkyWatcher Evolux Refractors

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.

Full Moon Dates 2020 UK

Full Moon Dates 2020 UK

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 which should help you plan your observing over the coming year.

10 January
9 February
9 March
8 April
7 May
5 June
5 July
3 August
2 September
1 October
31 October
30 November
30 December

International Space Station Sighting Information

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 2020 Opposition

Jupiter 2020 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 July 14th and remain visible through to Autumn.

In July Jupiter and Saturn will be easily seen together in binoculars as this year they are very close together

Saturn 2020 Opposition

Saturn 2020 Opposition

The ringed planet will be visible throughout the late summer and autumn of 2020, reaching opposition on July 20th.

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.

In July Jupiter and Saturn will be easily seen together in binoculars as this year they are very close together

Mars 2020 Opposition

Mars 2020 Opposition

The red planet will be visible in the autumn of 2020, reaching opposition on October 13th. Good detail should be visible in telescopes from May onwards.

The oppositions of Mars vary but this one is quite good for UK observers being well placed in Pisces and being an oppostion where Mars is closer to the Earth.

Mars can be seen easily naked eye as a red star like object, a telescope will start to show detail at around 75x or more magnification.

Martian features such as the red colouration, polar ice caps and some dark maria can be seen well in telescopes with a 3" or larger aperture.

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