As soon as it got dark I was surprised to see the full bow of Orion and darker skies than usual at Swadlincote. The seeing however was dreadful, I was unable to separate even 3″ binaries. Couldn’t split the lovely 15 Monocerotis in the Christmas tree of NGC 2264. Had a look at Auriga, Gemini and Orion. Then Vesta in Cancer, kept returning to this to watch the position change.M67 is a lovely delicate cluster here.
There was some nebulosity up by Gemini in (the “Monkey Head nebula”) NGC 2174 in the cluster NGC 2174 .Lucky to get IC 418 (“Spirograph nebula”) without a filter.Over to the cherry “Hind’s Crimson star”.Then over and under Sirius for M41, a real favourite.
Up to Cassiopeia for the double cluster , NGC 663 and NGC 7789. Cloud poured in from the north. I got up at 3 to check out any Quadrantids, but after sitting half an hour in deep frost gave up. Going to peak on Tuesday early hours. A cracking clear night, hoping for more this year ! Clear skies !