Here’s what you’ll find in the Aug/Sep 2018 issue of Australian Sky & Telescope magazine — on sale now!


  • Litter in orbit — Millions of pieces of debris orbit the Earth, and it’s going to take a coordinated international effort and innovative solutions to solve the problem.
  • Mars’ lost atmosphere — NASA’s MAVEN mission has confirmed how our planetary neighbour lost its protective gas
  • First into orbit — Australia’s states have begun a bidding and publicity war in the quest to play host to the nation’s new Space Agency.
  • Celestial scenery — The depths of deep space are revealed in the winning photos from the Astronomical Society of NSW’s Astroimaging Competition.
  • Precision optics — A New Zealand company that specialises in making high-tech optics, including huge lenses, is taking on the astronomy world.
  • Your first telescope — Consider our expert advice before making your first big purchase as an amateur astronomer.


  • Binocular highlight — Two nebulae that will surprise you.
  • Under the stars — Memories of Mars.
  • Planets — Venus and Jupiter are this month’s ‘western stars’.
  • Meteors — This month, meteors with a chance of fireballs.
  • Double stars —Sagittarius rises again.
  • Variable stars — Good things happen when amateur astronomers gather.
  • Comets — The ‘meteor storm’ comet returns.
  • Deep sky — The nebula with too many names.
  • Solar System — Hunting Mars’ moons, Phobos and Diemos.
  • History — Learn about Messier 27, the first planetary nebula.


  • Test report — The Observatory software for Apple Mac computers helps you to organise your image data, and more.
  • Astronomer’s workbench — How to wring the last gram of performance out of a scope.

…and much more.

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