June Skies

M57 or The Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula in constellation of Lyra. At mag. 8.8, it is very small and needs at least an 8" telescope to see. Using a UHC or OIII filter will enhance your observation, particularly in light polluted areas. Always worth a look.

M56 is a globular cluster also in Lyra. Easily seen at mag. 8. The cluster can be resolved using a telescope with an aperture of 8" or larger.

Epsilon Lyrae (ε Lyrae), also known as the Double Double. Both components (ε1 and ε2) are almost equally bright (mag. 5 and mag. 5.3) and are easily separated when viewed through binoculars. The two can be resolved into four components at a higher magnification of 100x or more. These are also almost equally bright (ε1: mag. 5 and 6.1 and ε2: mag. 5.3 and 5.4) and are almost same distant from one another at about 2.2". Still, this is a showpiece double star and is one of my favorites.

Clear and Dark Skies, Dave Holland