by Raymond Duval
I didn't spend long, maybe an hour just getting the finder dialed in and checking out M42 with and without the filter. M42 was outstanding (of course) and easily made out Trapezium - the nebulosity was excellent with the filter in and I could follow the fading edges much further than without. I did notice that it was easier to make out 4 in Trapezium w/o the filter - is that normal?
Quick hop to Saturn @ 200x - good stuff, could make out the Cassini division though seeing was a tad soft, but just a tad. Picked out Dione and Rhea too - pretty cool.
Last jumps to Polaris and Eta Cas for the splits then back inside. It is cold out, and not smart to be standing around outside in shorts!
Bottom line? Should have done FP and I'm kicking myself in the butt right about now! NOAA say "mostly clear" for tomorrow night - anyone care to join me?