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Got up early this morning to watch the total lunar . Where we live the moon set just before dawn but still in partial eclipse.

M45 - The Pleiades. Some more . I took this with my 70mm aperture refractor; this is a stacked set of 39 60" exposures. Processed with and .

Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars on 7 Jan 2018 at 1629 UTC. I got up before dawn today to take some . There was a halo around the moon at the time, and it quickly clouded over completely. Lots of rain expected tomorrow.

Roused out of bed before dawn this morning to look at the conjunction of Mars and Jupiter. It's the closest conjunction since 2004; the separation is about 15 arc-minutes. Tomorrow early morning should be good as well - look to the south-southeast. If the clouds hold off I have plans for the evening.

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M33 - the Triangulum Galaxy. I am now on an kick, and have hauled out my small equatorial mount accordingly. Camera is a Panasonic GX85 with a 40-150mm telephoto lens set at 150mm and f/5.6. This is a stacked set of 30 60" exposures processed in and .

It's been very windy today which frustrated my plans to go sketching in the morning. By the late afternoon I had to get out to do a sketch despite it still being breezy. Here's a view of our creek and the fields to the south.

Missed my train connection coming home but this gave me time and I had art materials to do a couple of sketches while waiting for the next one .

In general there are two ways to do drawings. Draw in ink first, and paint over that, or paint in first, and add ink linework after that. I usually do the former, but I did these sketches with the latter approach. I want to try more this way.

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Two photos from the garden this afternoon. Lovely to see the hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) coming into bloom.

Not so many pomegranates left any more; it's a treat to have them around.

Nine prints of a cat. I'm learning my way around the new printer. There is lots of variation to be had in mid-tone grays depending upon the print settings.

Wild grape vines. This photo is from our annual Thanksgiving ritual walk up a canyon in the mountain range west of here.