Famed asterism of the summer skies, consisting of (1) Vega, Alpha Lyrae, 3rd brightest star of the Northern Hemisphere at magnitude 0.0; (2) Altair, Alpha Aquilae, 8th brightest (mag. 0.8) and (3) Deneb, Alpha Cygni, 14th brightest at mag 1.3.
A Geminid meteor captured at 2334UT on Dec 13 2013, mid thin cloud and bright moonlight. Jupiter dominates, with, from top, Castor, Pollux and Procyon.
11-day waxing gibbous, DSLR with Celestron 8SE, UT 1738 Jan 12 2014
Mighty Jupiter and its four major satellites, first documented by Galileo in 1610. From top: Callisto, Europa, Io and Ganymede. Imaged with DSLR and 8″ SCT, Dec 19 2013, UT 2354; from Limerick, Ireland.
The 13%-illuminated Venusian crescent, 20 days prior to inferior conjunction, 1642 UT Dec 22 2013
Western Hemisphere of the Moon, including craters Plato (1), Aristarchus (2), Copernicus (3) and Kepler (4); also Sinus Iridum (5) and Mare Imbrium (6). Jan 2014.
DSLR, left; 8″ SCT, right