After hearing of the discovery of another nova and with the best chance I’d had in two weeks, I went hunting for it last night 27 June. This was a lesson in the value of good polar alignment as I ended up using co-ordinates rather than star hopping. After comparing my image with charts I managed to locate it and with Jeremy Shears magnitude estimate from last week I can see I almost missed this one.
Lockdown brought about some benefits in my observing as I had conquered some of the software and hardware I had invested in and so was able to turn my attention to improving my technique of astrophotography.
2020 was the first year I had kept records of my observing and it totalled 38 nights in all. Looking back over my notes it has been interesting to see what has been done in the last twelve months. Certainly note keeping is something I will be continuing perhaps extending it to the casual look up I often do when there is a break in the clouds.
Well here’s looking forward to 2021 and hopefully the vaccination programme will be what we would like and we can all meet in person once again.