This winter has seen a succession of storms batter the UK and clear skies have been few and far between. I managed to grab a couple of hours observing the other day and took enough pictures to compose a couple of images.
The first is Comet Catalina.
Through the eyepiece of the 80mm refractor the comet looks like an elongated fuzzy patch of light. The camera picks up the dust tail a little better. Catalina is moving away from both the Earth and Sun now and it will fade substantially in the coming weeks.
The second is Orion's Sword - a region below the Belt stars which contains the Orion Nebula.
This one was taken with a modified Nikon D90 (making it easier to pick up the red light of hydrogen emission).
A line of bright planets has formed in the morning sky but the weather is back to normal service of rain and wind.
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Dr Adrian Jannetta. Amateur astronomer, maths teacher and science enthusiast.