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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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Mercury Transit UK November 11th 2019

Mercury Transit UK November 11th 2019

A transit of the planet Mercury accross the Sun will be visible from the UK on the 11th November 2019, the transit begins at 12.35 and continues right through to sunset. These rare events are easily viewed with even the most modest telescope as long as it is equipped with a safe Solar filter.

This is a great opportunity to view or image the transit, being visible for most of the day it also allows us the best chance of a clear spell!

We recommend using Baader Solar Film on telescopes, cameras or binoculars where a dedicated filter is not available.

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 2019 UK

Full Moon Dates 2019 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.

21 January
19 February
21 March
31 March
19 April
18 May
17 June
16 July
15 August
14 September
13 October
12 November
12 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 2019 Opposition

Jupiter 2019 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 in June 2019 and remain visible through to Autumn.

The great red spot and the SEB are showing a lot of unusual activity as of late May, very interesting to see.

Saturn 2019 Opposition

Saturn 2019 Opposition

The ringed planet will be visible throughout the late summer and autumn of 2019, reaching opposition on July 9th.

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.
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