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Went to bed with cloud coming in fast from the west and feeling miserable! Woke up at 1:45ish, gazed out of the window at the moon getting lower in the sky, nice and bright. Wait a minute, a bright clear moon (thought I). Leapt out of bed and leaned out the window not a cloud to be seen, street lighting off. Fastest setup I've ever done and got some great views. The new scope worked a treat! Bodes Nebula Eta Cassiopeiae Gamma Ceti Zeta Piscium M77 M34 NGC891 Lambda Arietis 19 Lyncis Venus (viewable until I stopped at 05:30) Last but far from least, Jupiter (just about viewable until I stopped at 05:30 along with Vega) Coffee, toast then bed.
WOW! Had a great view! Used my Pocket Sky Atlas to plan the night, then I just shot right out there! Saw the 7 Sisters (Pleiades), then hopped to the Orion Nebula! Used my ES 18 mm to find it then switched to the Morpheus 12.5 mm and could actually see wispy parts of the Nebula! ( I guess that’s what it was! LoL!) Really amazing! Called the wife out to take a look. Next I want to find Andromeda! Greg
Finally a clear night and no need to get up (too) early tomorrow !! Seen the weather report on the Clear Skies app and immediately informed the missus shed be going to bed alone tonight. Got all my kit up and running in the garden and prepared myself for a few hours of viewing. First thing i noticed was how much id forgotten... so just keeping it simple and going for some obvious targets like double stars and the moon to get used to the equipment again (this is only my fith outing). Want to use my new phone adapter to grab some simple pictures but a bad back has left me unable to contort myself into some precarious positions to view the screen and nab a decent shot so you all will have to wait until the next clear night before i can try it out for real. Heading up to the very north of scotland for work tomorrow so will take all my gear along with me in the hope i get a calm clear night to get some awesome stargazing ! Clear skies everyone and we can finally get this show on the road for another season.