January 20th 1440 GMT
I checked the Sun with my PST. Although it was quiet, there was a stand-out prominence that was visible in the images but not clear.
January 20th 1405 GMT
Despite the clear sky, my bin scan did not reveal any sunspots.
January 19th 2040 GMT
I took some 30 second exposures of the Polaris region at ISO 6400 and 30 seconds exposure. I also took some darks. Unfortunately, Deep Sky Stacker only accepted 2 light frames and used 8 darks. I finished off in GIMP.
January 19th 1810 GMT
I stopped on the way home to catch Venus and Mars and used a DSLR with the same settings as recent shots.
January 19th 1305 GMT
Although it was mostly cloudy, there were gaps and I was able to see sunspots for the first time for ages.
January 18th 2040 GMT
It finally cleared but I was quite busy, so I took a few zenith shots and some darks, ready to process. I used ISO 800 30 seconds exposure and 18mm focal length.
January 18th 0720 GMT
It was well into dawn but Jupiter was still visible. I took some quick shots of the Moon and Jupiter before setting off for work.
I caught the Moon using my normal method and was quite pleased with the (camera-only) result. There was too much shake in the shots with Venus.
November 15th 1305 GMTOn an otherwise cloudy day, I caught the Sun through a partial gap. However, I did not see any sunspots.
November 14th 0935 GMT
The Sun was low but I managed to get a clear disc with signs of limb darkening through the thin cloud. There were no sunspots, though.
November 11th 1800 GMT
I took another shot of Venus and Mars at 70mm and 2 seconds exposure. Conditions were much worse than the previous shot and it took a lot of processing to remove the glare of Venus and catch some background stars.
January 5th 1805 GMT
There was some haze around, especially to the south and west. Venus seemed to be getting even closer to Mars. I kept the same camera focal length and settings as two days before, hoping to do a composite picture sometime later.
Finally, I could not resist a peek at the Pleiades (M45) and Hyades. They looked great and it was nice to see them again for the first time for what had seemed ages.
January 3rd 1750 GMT
With less than convincing weather forecast, I stopped off on the way home. I took some lunar shots with the DSLR at 300mm ISO 400 and 1/4000 second exposure.
Although the Moon was east of Mars, I could still get them and Venus in the same 70mm field of view.
January 2nd 1720 GMTI took some shots of the Moon, Venus and Mars in the same 70mm field of view in my DSLR. The best result was with ISO 400 and 2 seconds exposure.
January 2nd 1640 GMT
I took some full disc shots of the Moon with the Mak and DSLR. I used ISO 400 and 1/500 second exposure. I stacked 44 frames in Microsoft ICE and finished off with GIMP.
I reduced the exposure to 1/4000 second to snap Venus but I could not get a sharp focus. On the other hand, at least my photo showed the phase.
January 2nd 1030 GMT
The first action of the year was a solar hydrogen alpha shoot. I saw and captured the first prominence for ages.