This autumn has not allowed me much time at the telescope. However, I did manage a couple of brief hours in December.

Yesterday a day-10 moon, and Xmas holiday, tempted me outside, and I sketched the volcanic dome in Mare Nubium, Kies Pi. The dome is 10km wide and was detectable by shading thanks to the low sun angle. Rays from Tycho crossed the floor of Kies and nearby.



On 11th December I went out to see Jupiter, and spent some time on the Pleiades.


M45 is so gorgeous, and on a clear night nebulocity is visible around many of the brighter stars.

Jupiter didn’t show much detail, but some bays and projections were visible along the southern edge of the northern equatorial belt.