Naked eye Early July evenings find Jupiter low in the north-west with Mars and Saturn in the north-east. Late in the month Venus and Mercury rise out of the eastern glow, with all five of the naked eye planets visible on August evenings!
Binoculars Directly above the lid star of Sagittarius’s teapot is the M24 star cloud. This bright ovalshaped region is not simply a star cluster; it’s a keyhole through the veil of dark clouds allowing a glimpse of the star-rich hub of the Milky Way.
Small telescope Saturn is well placed in the evening sky, near the bright star Antares. Through any telescope it is a brilliant view, being near maximum size and with rings near maximum opening. Look for the gap in the rings called the Cassini Division.
Glenn Dawes is a co-author of the yearbook Astronomy 2016 Australia (Quasar Publishing).