With the odd clear hour here and there, plus an intrusive Moon, it has been cluser time for the beginning of January.  Noel has just finished processing M36 in Auriga, and this image unexpectedly threw up a bonus object – NGC1931, the little emission nebula off to the right.  Looking this up in planetarium software I saw that NGC1931 was associated with a much bigger region of emission nebulosity – IC417, so I have been busy imaging this one in the breaks between the clouds.  3-hours of not very good data so far, so a bit more to get yet before it’s worth processing.

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