While summer and fall really were amazing times for taking pictures during clear nights, in winter there was permanent cloud coverage and I didn't even have a chance to take a look at the Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Time to make my backup plans happen: I am going radio astronomy.
Ever since I had my observatory built, I always was worried to misplace or even lose the remote control of my Baader-Planetarium dome. So now it was time for another little hack.
About one year and a half ago, I heard of radio astronomy for hobbyists for the first time. Using a Yagi antenna you can hunt meteors by listening to echoes of radar beams. For Europe, a great radar source is the Graves radar located near Lyon in France.
The current weather conditions are amazing! With constant high pressure conditions, there is one clear night after the other. While during the day, temperatures are nice and warm, we have cool nights and soon 10 hours of astronomical darkness.