January 19th 0920 GMT
I checked the Sun in hydrogen alpha light but found it bland and featureless.
January 18th 2010 GMTI had a quick look outside with my binoculars in a clear sky. The Orion Great Nebula (M42) was very prominent and some outlying fainter regions were visible that I'd never seen before. I couldn't count the Pleiades (M45) as I could see so many. It was the same with the Hyades, although I needed to sweep from side to side to see the whole cluster.
January 18th 0640 GMT
I took three 30 second exposures of the Pole Star at 300mm focal length and ISO 6400 and 12 dark frames. I processed using Deep Sky Stacker and GIMP.
January 17th 1150 GMTI had a brief opportunity to check the Sun through my binoculars and filters and saw two small sunspots.
January 16th 1100 GMTFinally, a sunspot was present on the SOHO images and I had some clear sky, well clear-ISH! As there was moving cloud, I was unable to try a telescope and camera (my preferred method), so used a binocular scan instead. I did not find the sunspot, though.
January 6th 2040 GMT
There was some clear sky. I Used my DSLR at 300mm focal length, ISO6400 and 2 seconds exposure. I started with the Pleiades (M45) and the Orion Great Nebula (M42). I also had a try at M41, which was almost certainly too low and M35 which I just could not find!
The Pleaides did not stack in Deep Sky Stacker, despite taking 21 dark frames. I stacked 11 frames in Microsoft ICE instead and finished in GIMP.
I managed to stack M42 with Deep Sky Stacker.
No luck with either M35 nor M41 but I stacked eight frames of Alcor and Mizar.
January 5th 2110 GMT
I tried snapping the north polar region at 300mm focal length, ISO 800 and 3 minutes exposure. It did not come out as hoped, as it showed star trailing.
January 5th 0835 GMT
There was some moving cloud, with clear patches. I took some shots of the Moon with my DSLR at the same settings as 3rd.
January 3rd 0640 GMT
There was still moving cloud after a storm but moonlight was getting through sometimes. I took some full disc shots with my DSLR at 300mm focal length, ISO 100 and 1/2000 second exposure.
January 1st 1315
I checked the Sun with my PST. The solar disc was bland but I was unable to photograph it but my camera had stopped working, hopefully not for good.