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Offline koootzz

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June 2010 Sky Guide
« on: 16:42:53, 13 June, 2010 »


Whats up June

Planets

Mercury: Visible in the East before sunrise. Rising at approx 4am at the beginning of the month, approaching the sun by the end of the month.

Venus: Visible in the West from twilight until just after midnight at the start of the month to 23.37 at the end.Phase reducing during the month.

Mars: Visible in the West from twilight until about 1.30 am at the start of the month reducing to 0.16am at the end, in the constellation Leo.

Jupiter:Rising in the constellation of Pisces at 2.16am at the start of the month. Rising earlier to 0.42am by the end of the month.
Great Red Spot: Transits on 13th at 3.05am, 18th at 02.14am, 23rd at 03.01am and 30th at 02.09am.
Jupiter's moons:
Io begins to cast it's shadow on the planet on the 23rd at 03.23.

Saturn: Visible in the constellation of Virgo until approx 2.20am at the start of the month, reducing to 0.50am by the end of the month.


Uranus is relatively close to Jupiter this month.

Neptune is not visible from the UK at present.

Deep Sky

The Virgo cluster will be high this month and well placed for imaging attempts. Other objects worth a try are M44, the Beehive, located in Cancer. Looking North into Canes Vernatici are the galaxies, M51 and M106. Nearby in Ursa Major we have M81 and M82.

Beginners imaging suggestions for this month :-

Widefield shots of the Milky Way.

M13 - The Hercules Cluster.

For the more experienced:

Markarians chain.

NGC6384 in Ophiuchus, a small spiral galaxy.

For those of you with a clear Southern horizon there is also M20, The Trifid Nebula











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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #1 on: 12:42:24, 14 June, 2010 »
Shouldn't that be Mercury: Visible in the East?   :D
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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #2 on: 16:35:18, 14 June, 2010 »
 :embarrass:  :clown:

 Oops, thanks for spotting that Dunc.
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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #3 on: 00:10:38, 19 June, 2010 »
Leigh
Thanks for a great idea.
I hadn't come across NGC6384 before so decided to give it a try.
The weather and scope had different ideas, however.
Clear nights always seem to be on windy nights during the week and with it not getting dark till late and having to get up early for work, and not having a permanent set up  ..... I could go on !!!  :canadian: :canadian:
(Please NO I hear you say)

If you look carefully you can see it .... honest !

Don

ps
... also lots of star trailing so only managed 3x3 mins instead of 20


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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #4 on: 17:27:06, 20 June, 2010 »
Hi Don,
Glad you found it useful. There will be more detail in next month's and hopefully a couple of challenges too.....
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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #5 on: 15:28:02, 22 June, 2010 »
This is brilliant, I like having pointers for objects to view so I will make use of your suggestions as when I get clear skies and potential for a lie in!

I hope this is going to be a regular feature for the forum?

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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #6 on: 16:07:51, 22 June, 2010 »
I hope this is going to be a regular feature for the forum?

It certainly is Ian, plus more besides as Leigh says....

If anyone has any specific requests please do let us know !!

S.

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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #7 on: 18:16:11, 22 June, 2010 »
Yes, as Simon has pointed out, please feedback what you would like to see included in the guide. One thing that I omitted this month was the RA and DEC co-ordinates, would this be a help or would you prefer to use your handsets/look it up in your charts?
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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #8 on: 19:44:12, 22 June, 2010 »
cool!
for me the ra/dec coordinates are of little interest as I have never learnt to use setting circles (maybe when I retire I will have the time!) and I just use my handset or stellarium to pick targets.

one thing that might be nice (you were probably planning to do this anyway) is to point out when retrograde circles are going to happen, I keep meaning to photograph one but never realise in time when they are going to happen, I know that's down to me not researching well enough but a heads up would be appreciated..

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Re: June sky guide
« Reply #9 on: 19:59:20, 22 June, 2010 »
Very informative - let's hope more people see this.

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