Daily cosmobite: Saturn and the Moon

Saturn and the Moon before dawn on the morning of Sunday 29 December 2013. Chart Nick LombThe ringed planet Saturn has been visible low in the east before dawn from the beginning of the month. It is providing great views to anyone with a telescope willing to rise early. Tomorrow morning the crescent Moon is above and to the left or north of the planet.

Saturn and the Moon before dawn on the morning of Sunday 29 December 2013. Chart Nick Lomb

4 responses to “Daily cosmobite: Saturn and the Moon

    • Hello Madeleine. There are many considerations when buying a telescope. Do you want to do visual observing or to take photographs? Do you want something light and portable or can you leave the telescope in a shed in the backyard? Will you ever want to use the telescope for bird watching or other terrestrial uses? You are best off visiting a local amateur astronomy group and talking to some of the more experienced members – they are always happy to give advice. Still, assuming you want something light and portable and do not know the sky well you could consider at a Celestron Nexstar 102 SLT, which is the cheapest goto telescope I could find online available locally (with the lowest online price $699). There is a review of the telescope here.

  • My question is regarding the milky way
    can you tell me the best time to try for a shot?
    I have noted that the M W is more noticeable in some skies as opposed to others
    Is some moon ok? or 2 hours b4 moon rise? 2 hours after moon set?
    is there such a thing as a rise time for the M W?
    a thousand questions 🙂
    any help greatly appreciated , i plan on doing a time scape of about 2 1/2 to 3 hours

    • Hello again Keith. Yes, it is best to photograph the Milky Way when the Moon is not in the sky. Hence it is easiest when the Moon is near new as it is at present; it is new on 1 January 2014. There is no rise time for the Milky Way, but if you want to image the famous dark constellation of the Australian Aboriginal people, the Emu, then you need to do so just before dawn at present (late December). If you want to include the brightest part of the Milky Way, its centre in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius, then you need to wait till later in the year – June/July to have it high in the sky in the early evening. Good luck with your timescape.

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