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August Night Sky

As we enter August dark skies are again available, and the Milky Way is at its best running south from Cygnus overhead through Aquila to Sagittarius near the southern horizon at about 9.30. The Milky Way can be enjoyed in many ways - under clear skies away from city lights, and when your eyes are fully dark adapted (be patient, it takes about 20 minutes ) it is a wonderful sight with the naked eye. Scan it with a pair of binoculars, and you will see thousands of stars of varying colours and groupings. You can do the same with a telescope - rather than look for particular objects, I sometimes just...

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