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June Night Sky

The problem with the June Night Sky in UK latitudes is that there isn't much of it! Many observers write off June and July as observing months, and concentrate instead on doing that equipment maintenance/upgrade that's been nagging away at you all winter. It is certainly true that if you want  very dark skies at this time of year you will only get them at very unsociable hours (about 12 to 2 am BST) and then only near the zenith. But that can offer some fine observing - indeed I had a couple of good midnight sessions with Dick Phillips on midsummer's night itself. It is also your best chance...

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May Night Sky

All those lovely galaxies in Leo, Virgo and Coma are still well placed this month, but as the sun moves north the period of dark skies available to see them is diminishing. 10.30 pm BST is the earliest practical time for viewing them at the beginning of the month. It will be an hour later by the end. Saturn comes to opposition on the 10th, but an opposition at this time of year means it is very low in the sky ( in Libra) for UK observers, but on a good night with a middling size telescope you should be able to see some detail (Cassini's Division at least) on the rings, a few of the moons, and perhaps...

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