Back in the early 90s I came to realize that the tower (Westerton Folly) http://en.wikipedia....ht_(astronomer) built by Thomas Wright of Durham some three miles west of here was practically on the same latitude as my observatory. Recently checking on Google Earth I found the difference to be only about 0.5”! Landfill work and tree growth obscure it from here now.
I had often thought that it would be good to record (draw/photo) some celestial sight as a backdrop to the tower. My most recent hopes being the two (2010&11) December lunar eclipses, but no-go with the weather sadly. After picking up the comet on the 14th I realized that it would be practically pointing at Wright’s tower but cloud was looming. The next night was mostly cloudy, but a clear strip in the west persisted; so off I went to a vantage point, c.half a mile from the tower, where I had taken photos, initially on film, (inc. many silhouettes) over the years. Even from the vantage point tree growth and lamp-posts (!) spoil the view somewhat now; so decided to just do the pastel and use one of the earliest of my photos (took some searching to find) and digitally extract the silhouette minus any posts. Cobbled together in Corel Photopaint: a bit of a cheat in that respect, but weather prospects hold no immediate hope for a more honest one.