I woke up at 0200 on Tuesday morning and could not get back to sleep.  No matter how much I tried, I stubbornly stayed awake.  In frustration I turned the light on and started to read.  After a few minutes, a thought crossed my mind: that it might be clear.  I pulled back the curtains to see a brilliant moon-lit scene with frost sparkling on the grass.

Despite having work in the morning, I decided to make the most of my wakefulness and get some captures.  Jupiter was stunning as always (although I am always disappointed when there isn’t a moon display).

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The moon is always a joy and I am chuffed with the mosaic of Mare Crisum – the “city of lights” in the north east corner is particularly eye catching.

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Mars was a disappointment.  It is getting quite low now and suffering in the murky sky and poor seeing. I will try my 685nm pass filter next time and see if that makes a difference.

I packed up at 0400 as cloud was approaching and was asleep in only a few minutes only to be reluctantly woken by my alarm.  The afternoon shift was a bit of a drag that day!