The Evening Sky for July August 2018:
Venus is now dominate in the early evening sky and is known as the "evening star" (even though it is not a star but a planet). It's magnitude is around -4 making it the 3rd brightest object in the sky only to be outshined by the sun and the moon. Jupiter is high in the southern sky at sunset and is very bright (magnitude of -2). Saturn (Magnitude +0) a yellowish bright object high in the south around midnight. The planet of the season though is Mars (magnitude -2.5) Mars is a brilliantly red object rising in the SE around sunset, out-shining even mighty Jupiter.
Note about Magnitudes: The lower the number the brighter the object. For example, the sun's magnitude is -26, the full moon is -12, Venus: -4. The dimmist stars that you can see in a very dark area are around +5. The galaxies are around +7to +12 (except Andromeda which is +3.5)
Galaxies, Star Clusters & Nebulae
The sky is still dominated with deep space objects mainly the galaxies. One of my favorites is the The Whirlpool galaxy is high in the NE by sunset near the handle of the Big Dipper. A cluster of galaxies in the constellation of Virgo is high in the west at sunset with the Sombrero galaxy in the SW shortly after sunset. A globular cluster of stars can be found high in the west at 10 pm as well known as Messier 53. High overhead at midnight lies the 'Dumbbell' Nebula, which is about 1,360 light-years away. (All these pictures taken in my backyard).