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The Binocular Sky Newsletter, November 2020


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If you want to find out why people near Chippenham are particularly favoured next week, you'll need to see the latest edition of the Binocular Sky Newsletter 🙂. As well as the usual overview of DSOs, variable and double stars, this month we have:

  • Two grazing lunar occultations
  • Four Mira stars near maximum
  • Ice giants in the evening sky
  • A meteor shower with bright persistent trains
  • Elan Valley Dark Sky Day (online)

I hope this helps you, especially those of you under lockdown, to enjoy these long November nights with your binoculars or small telescopes.

To pick up your free copy, just head over to http://binocularsky.com and click on the Newsletter tab, where you can subscribe (also free, of course) to have it emailed each month, and get archived copies.

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Thanks Steve, lots to look forward to.  I've never viewed planets with bins before, but must give it go this month... And I'm sure we'll have clear skies for the meteor shower... 😏

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On 30/10/2020 at 17:57, mark81 said:

Thanks Steve, lots to look forward to.  I've never viewed planets with bins before, but must give it go this month... And I'm sure we'll have clear skies for the meteor shower... 😏

Binos aren't really the instrument of choice for planets, but they do at least enable you to detect Uranus and Neptune, and some of the asteroids when they get bright. And, as @happy-kat implied, you don't need much to see the Jupiter's Galilean satellites, or Titan for that matter. I've even seen Callisto with these freebie (at Astrofest a few years ago) cardboard and plastic 2(?)x25 opera glasses:

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