18
FEB
2014

Find Mars and Saturn in the February Morning Sky

Enlarged view of Mars through our 8.5″ Telescope in 2012 Mars and Saturn are well-placed for viewing in the early hours of February and March mornings. Look to the south between 4am – 5am in February and early March to see both planets at their highest. Mars appears as a b
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13
AUG
2013

A Stargazing Evening on West Withy Farm in Somerset

Spent the weekend of August 10-11 with Ian and Lorena at West Withy Farm near Upton in Somerset. Saturday night was cloudy, but Sunday night the clouds cleared to leave a gorgeously dark and clear sky for a couple of hours of stargazing. Both of the rental cottages at West Withy Farm
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02
AUG
2013

Last Chance for Saturn in August 2013

August 2013 is the last chance to see Saturn in the evening sky from the UK this year. At the beginning of the month the ringed planet is visible for about 1.5 hours low in the southwest sky from when it gets dark. Look for a yellow-orange ‘star’ about 10-15 degrees above
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18
JUL
2013

Spectacular Saturn Moon Alignment on 24 July 2013

The evening of Wednesday 24 July sees a spectacular alignment of Saturn’s six brightest moons – Titan, Rhea, Tethys, Dione, Enceladus and Iapetus. Look to the southwestern sky from 10pm onwards to find Saturn. You’ll need a telescope of at least 8-inches (200mm) aper
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08
JUL
2013

Astronomers for Hire

On Saturday 6th July myself and Peter Truscott from Bedford Astronomical Society were astronomers for hire for the night. We were booked to provide a private star party for around 20 guests at a 30th birthday BBQ celebration. It was a gorgeously clear evening when we arrived at the ve
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01
JUL
2013

How to Find Saturn in July 2013

Saturn emerges from the evening twilight by about 10pm to 10:30pm in the south-southwestern sky during July 2013. The ringed planet is easy to find about 20-degrees above the horizon as the sky darkens. Find it by tracing a line down from Arcturus, the brightest star in the southweste
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02
JUN
2013

How to Find Saturn in June 2013

Saturn is easy to find in the evening sky this June. Look due south at around 10.30pm British Summer Time. You’ll see a yellow-tinged ‘star’ emerge from the evening twilight some 25-degrees above your local horizon. When looking for Saturn make sure you dont’ c
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07
MAY
2013

Add Stargazing Spice to Your Summer Evening BBQ Party

In search of some summer evening BBQ party inspiration? Why not spice it up this year by adding stargazing to the menu. You can hire a telescope to explore the summer evening skies above you, or hire Dark Sky Telescope Hire to give you and your party guests a 2-hour stargazing tour of
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01
MAY
2013

Magnificent Saturn on View All Night in May 2013

Saturn is at its biggest and brightest for this year during May 2013, and is visible all night long from dusk until dawn. Look to the south-eastern sky some 45-minutes to an hour after sunset and you’ll be able to pick out an orange-yellow ‘star’ about 15-degrees abo
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30
MAR
2013

Saturn at its Best in the Evening Sky in April 2013

Majestic Saturn rises into the evening sky during April 2013. You’ll find it low down towards the southeastern horizon, almost midway between the white-blue light of Spica and the deep orange hues of Antares in Scorpio. Saturns rings are wide open and easy to see through our ren
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