Here’s what you’ll find in the Jul/Aug 2020 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale now!
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  • A midwinter night’s dream — Dark sky campaigners are gearing up for a world-record attempt at measuring light pollution.
  • SWAN hunting — Aussie amateur astronomer Michael Mattiazzo has claimed his eighth comet discovery using SOHO space mission data.
  • Stellar archaeology — Astronomers are illuminating the universe’s early days by studying chemical patterns in the oldest stars.
  • Finding Jupiter’s moons — Learn how the discovery of the Jovian satellites changed the course of history.
  • Treasures of the Sharpless Catalogue — Sample some of the delights of the first major catalogue of nebulae.
  • A curious straight ray — Join Howard Banich on his endeavour to observe and sketch the relativistic jet in galaxy Messier 87.
  • Deep sky video — With just a little technology, you can see farther and share the view.


  • Binocular highlight — Spot the ‘Spindle Galaxy’.
  • Under the stars — Ophiuchus and other sky oddities.
  • Planets — When and where to see the planets.
  • Meteors — Winter targets for meteor observers.
  • Comets — Some old and new comets to see.
  • Variable stars — U Scorpii is due to blow its top soon.
  • Exploring the Moon — Learn how to see normally hidden farside features.
  • Deep sky — Technology can help you see through cosmic dust.
  • Solar System — Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all reach opposition in July.
  • Celestial calendar — One of the best showings of Mars in decades begins now.


  • Test report #1 — The Optolong L-eNhance filter permits imaging of nebulae with colour cameras even under lightpolluted conditions.
  • Test report #2 — The QHY600M 60-megapixel camera is giving us a taste of the future today.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — See why pipe-fitting mounts are an old idea that is still going strong.
  • Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts

…and much more.

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