The Moon

The Moon's changing phase means there's always something to explore. With a good pair of binoculars you can spot many of the Moon's larger craters, the darker and smoother 'seas', and the most prominent mountain ranges. A small telescope will show all these in more detail as well as reveal smaller features such as rilles, ridges and detail inside the larger craters. In fact, there are countless lunar features you can see if your skies are clear. However, here we'll select just a few that we reckon you should observe this season, as well as the besL times to look out for them.

The crater Copernicus will be a stunning sight on 18 October, 16 November, 16 December, 15 January, 13 February and 15 March. A 4-inch telescope will

A BIGGER TELESCOPE!

We know what it's like. You've had your telescope for □ while now and although you've had some great times with it, your eyes have Started to wander. That beautiful 12-inch Dobsonian gleaming in the glossy magazine pages has awakened your desire for a bigger and better scope. So now is the time to satisfy your aperture fever and make the most of a feast of stargazing this season. The way we see it, there are two ways to do this. You could splash out and get the scope of your dreams. Or you could visit your local astronomical society's observing evenings. Chances are they'll have some large scopes to look through, which should help quell that longing for more aperture... at least until next year.

Top events of the season

a Join a host of fellow astronomers for pitch black nights at the Autumn Equinox Sky Camp

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