Here’s what you’ll find in the Sep/Oct issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale now at your local newsagent, or you can subscribe to the print or digital edition.


  • The hunt for the first exomoons — Scientists are trying to detect moons circling planets in other planetary systems.
  • The volcanic Rosetta Stone — Jupiter’s moon, Io, is the most mesmerising natural satellie in the Solar System.
  • The race to Mars — Three missions have been launched to the Red Planet, including landers, rovers, orbiters and a mini-helicopter.
  • Tourist’s guide to the Milky Way — Grab your telescope and revel in the deep sky objects of Sagittarius and neighbouring constellations.
  • Mars observing guide — The prime Mars observing season is coming up, and we have your complete guide to studying the planet.
  • Comet photography — Imaging moving comets can be tricky, and requires some special techniques. We show you how to do it.

Observing & exploring:

  • Binocular highlight — Seeing a star cluster amidst the Milky Way’s dust clouds.
  • Under the stars — Explore the deep sky treasures of Ophiuchus.
  • Planets — When and where to see all the planets.
  • Meteors — Spot the Southern Taurid and Orionid meteor showers.
  • Comets — Comest NEOWISE and Howell are set to shine in our night sky.
  • Variable stars — P Cygni, a star 610,000 times brighter than our Sun.
  • The Moon — Can you see the Moon’s biggest ‘cold spot’?
  • Deep sky — Spinning around in the famous Ring Nebula.
  • Outer limits — Neptune and Jupiter and in the spotlight.

Regular features:

  • Test report — Celestron’s StarSense Explorer 102 is a revolutionary new approach to finding your way around the night sky.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — Make a wide-field finder to help point your telescope in the right direction.
  • Night life — Events and activities for astronomy enthusiasts

Next issue

And here’s what’s coming up in the Nov/Dec 2020 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope — on sale on October 8.

  • Revealing the radio sky — How observing at the longest wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum changed our view of the cosmos.
  • Become a planetary pro — Contributing to the scientific study of our neighbouring worlds is easier than you might think. We show you how.
  • Pros and cons of image stacking — It’s a method for improving signal and reducing noise, but you need to know when and how to apply it.
  • Test report: Sharpstar Astrograph — We test a 15-cm hyperbolic astrograph promising sharp images across a wide field. Does it deliver?

Available from your local newsagent, or subscribe today to the print or digital edition.