18
SEP
2016

Last Chance to See Saturn in the Autumn Sky for 2016

September and October 2016 give us a final opportunity to see Saturn in the evening sky this year. As night falls across the UK the ringed planet is found low to the south-west horizon as a bright star-like object to the naked eye, almost forming a short horizontal line across the sky
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05
FEB
2016

Find Mars and Saturn Ahead of Sunrise in February 2016

February 2016 sees both Mars and Saturn visible from the UK in the morning sky ahead of sunrise. Look towards your south from 5am until daybreak. The two brightest star-like objects that you see in this direction about +20 degrees above the horizon will be Mars and Saturn. Saturn is t
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09
JAN
2016

Look for Mars, Saturn and Venus in the January Morning Sky

Clear and frosty January mornings this year are the perfect time to look for Mars, Saturn and Venus ahead of sunrise. Mars is easiest to see. It hangs almost due south in the morning sky about +25 degrees above the horizon between 6am – 7am. Look for a rusty-red coloured star-li
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02
JUN
2015

Discover Saturn in June 2015

June 2015 is the perfect time to seek out majestic Saturn. The ringed planet is an easy target this month, lurking down towards the southern horizon in the constellation of Scorpio. Look for a bright star-like object with the naked eye in this direction shining with a pale yellow ligh
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01
MAY
2014

Find Saturn and Mars in the May Night Sky

Saturn and Mars are both visible in the May night sky this year from the UK. They are easy to find with the naked eye, both planets appearing as bright coloured ‘stars’ when looking towards the south on clear evenings. Mars shines the brighter of the two planets. You’
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02
MAR
2014

Jupiter Big and Bright in the March Evening Sky

Jupiter in the Night Sky March 2014 Jupiter continues to outshine all of the stars in the evening sky this March. Its bright white light can be seen high up in the South as darkness falls. Through the evening the giant planet glides westwards inside a rectangle framework  of stars tha
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03
FEB
2013

Io Shadow Transit on Jupiter 2 Feb 2013

Jupiter shines brightly high up in the Southwestern sky during early February evenings this year. Managed to get a view of it last night in the 12″ dobsonian telescope before the clouds rolled in and made this sketch: Jupiter sketch details 12″ Orion Optics Dobsonian Teles
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03
JAN
2013

Astrophotography with a Dobsonian Telescope

Astrophotography is always going to be a challenge when you’re using a dobsonian telescope. The Earth is constantly rotating about its axis. This is the very reason why the sun and moon rise in the east and set in the west, and it’s why the stars and planets in the night s
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06
SEP
2012

8-Inch Skywatcher Dobsonian for Hire from just £30

News!! We’ve changed the hire period for the 8″ skywatcher dobsonian telescope. You can now hire the scope for just one week instead of two. A 7-night hire period costs just £30 if you can collect the telescope from us here in Toddington. If you require pick-up and deliver
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