Weekend Stargazer: July 28 – 30

The Small Sagittarius Star Cloud (M24) nearly fills the field of view of 10×50 binoculars ( indicated with the blue circle in the photo above). Inset chart by Glenn LeDrew.

Evenings this weekend are mostly moonless. The summer not only offers agreeable weather, but for stargazers, the fabulous riches of the Milky Way. Exploring our home galaxy involves as little or as much equipment as you like. Indeed, for soaking up the big-picture perspective, a reclining lounge chair or a beach blanket is all you need. Others will want to set up a big scope or full-on astrophotography rig to focus in on some of our galaxy’s fine detail. The choice is yours. Continue reading “Weekend Stargazer: July 28 – 30”