There is certainly a crispness to the nights now with Autumn in full swing. The nights continue to get longer and the layers of clothing required increases. With Orion getting lower in the West at the start of the night and Scorpius rising in the East late evening it is a good time to get out of our own galaxy and try to observe or image some of the numerous galaxies around the constellations of Leo and Virgo which are high in the sky at the start of the night. Highlights of this region include the Sombrero Galaxy and The Leo Triplet.

It is the start of Autumn and that hopefully means many cool crisp and clear nights for observing or taking images.

Being the month of the autumnal equinox where the Sun is halfway between its Summer and Winter positions, halfway through the night we see the Summer constellations of Orion and Taurus setting in the west and the Winter constellations of Scorpius and Sagittarius rising in the east.

Hopefully you all got out and had a look at Comet Lovejoy over the last month as this little gem of a comet is now not visible for us in the south.

Mercury is a morning object this month and reaches its greatest elongation west of the Sun on the 24th making it the perfect time to observe Mercury as it will be also at its highest point above the horizon.

Venus is in the west after sunset and has a couple of close encounters with other planets this month.  It passes less than a degree from Neptune on the first and point 4 of a degree from Mars on the 22nd.