After a spell of enforced inactivity, I was dying to get out for a spot of observing, but a planned meet with my Astro club had fallen through – What to do? Jan had nicked my car as hers was out of service, so I was stuck at home. Home is a flat over a shop up a small lane close to Ringwood’s Market Square, so it’s dead quiet after the shops shut (plenty of LP though) – the only passers-by are folk walking from the municipal car park to the pubs and restaurants in the High Street. I carried the Orion Mak-Cass downstairs to just inside the front door where it was bl**dy freezing, and left it there for 45 minutes. Wrapped up to the nines, I set up outside in a small square outside the shop, put in a 32mm Plossl and turned to the Moon. The eyepiece, an Antares is not too bad at all for a cheapie, particularly in the centre of the FOV – certainly good enough at 48x to get a general overall idea of which features are really standing out. The Eastern edge of Mare Tranquillitatis, and Mare Crisium and Fecunditatis looked interesting and plenty of small features were as clear as crystal. This was the first opportunity I’d had to give The Orion which I purchased as a ‘grab ‘n’ go’ ‘scope a decent workout, and it was exceeding my expectations. Rosenberger, Metius, Reichenbach, Santbech, Goclenius, Macrobius, Franklin and Atlas were all outstanding and begging for attention, but it was the features in and around Mare Crisium which really took my attention. Time for the secret weapon! A much treasured 19mm Panoptic took the place of the 32mm Plossl, a sip of coffee, settle into my chair and off we go …… Cleomedes F, Swift, Pierce, Picard, Yerkes, Lick and Greaves were delivered as crisp as I could ever hope for, and I must of spent a good 25-30 minutes just tracking along the various Dorsa and taking in the view. Switching to a Teleskope-Service 16mm wideangle cranked up the magnification a tad, but it couldn’t hold its own up against the Panoptic so I went back to it (not surprising really!) Another swig of coffee from the insulated mug (D**n- it’s cold!) and I drifted around the highlands surrounding the Mare, utterly amazed at the detail this ‘scope was delivering – after I had done the full circuit I looked at my watch – Jeez! I had put my dinner in the oven before I came out and it must have almost reached ‘cremation’ stage by now! I was feeling well chuffed both with the Mak-Cass and what I had observed this session, and as I got up from my chair to pack up a passer-by stopped and said “Anything special up there tonight?” “The Moon” I replied. “Oh, is that all …” he said, turning his collar up and trudging off to the car park. My friend, you don’t know what you’re missing! …… and yes, the dinner was burnt, but Hell, it was worth it.