Comet C/2012 K5 has been a very fine comet, and will continue to be very nice for most of January as it fades. Image taken with iTelescope T5, stack of 5 x120 second images, click to embiggen.
Last Quarter Moon is 5 January, New Moon is 12 January, First Quarter is 20 January and Full Moon 27 January.
There are several bright (ie > magnitude 12) comets in the sky at the moment, but many are in unfavorable positions. 2011 L4 PANSTARSS is brightening but below the lowest level of travel of the iTelescopes for example.
Comet C/2012 K5 LINEAR was a delightful Christmas comet, hooting across the sky at quite a clip. The comet is now fading, but is visible from both the southern and northern iTelescopes.
Comet C/2012 K5 LINEAR as seen at evening astronomical twilight from Mayhill New Mexico from 9 January. The small rectangle is the field of view of the T5 instrument, the large rectangle is the field of view of the T20 instrument (click to embiggen).
Currently magnitude 9, by the end of the month it will have faded to around magnitude 11 or less.
Despite being in a very interesting part of the sky, 2012 K5 LINEAR has very few encounters. On 10 and 11 January it is within T14 range of NGC 1662, a magnitude 6.4 open cluster, and on January 27 it is close to NGC 1516 a galaxy of magnitude 12.6.
Comet C/2012 F6 Lemmon as seen from SSO Australia at morning astronomical twilight from 16 January. The small rectangle is the field of view of the T9 instrument, the medium rectangle the FOV of the T30 instrument and the large rectangle is the field of view of the T14 instrument (click to embiggen).
Comet C/2012 F6 Lemmon is quite bright at magnitude 8 and will brighten over the remaining month to around Magnitude 6.5. It is now readily visible n the SSO iTelescopes.
Comet C/2012 F6 is well placed for imaging from around 1 am, being best around astronomical twilight in the morning. It is in a rich area of the sky, and has many good encounters.
On the 16th it is close to NGC 4230 an open cluster of magnitude 9, on the 18th it is close to NGC 4337 an open cluster of mag 8.9. On the 19th it is close to NGC 4439 an open cluster mag 8.4, on the 20th it is close to the open clusters NGC 4755 (4.2) and NGC 4349(7.4). On the 21st it's yet another open cluster, NGC 4609 (6.9). On the 22nd two more open clusters are nearby, NGC 4463 (7.2) and NGC 4815 (8.6).
Then there is a change of pace, on the 26th the comet is close to the globular cluster NGC 4833 (7.4) and on the 27th the globular NGC 4372 (7.8).
Comet 262P as seen from Mayhill New Mexico at evening Astronomical twilight from 16 January on. The small rectangle is the field of view of the T5 instrument, the large rectangle is the field of view of the T20 instrument (click to embiggen).
262P McNaught-Russell is on the edge of being reasonably bright at magnitude 12.It can be imaged reasonably high above the horizon just after astronomical twilight in the evening.
On January 16 and 17 it is within T20 distance of the galaxies NGC 584, NGC 596 and NGC 600 (magnitudes 10.4, 10.9 and 12.4). On the 18th it's galaxy NGC 636 (mag 11.3) and on the 25th its galaxy NGC 788 (12.3) followed by galaxy IC 207 (12.8).
That should keep you all busy for a while. Aside from Apophis no interesting asteroid encounters this month. I'll do an interesting object for the SSO in a spearate post.