So, I took my telescope out into my backyard and let it cool for about 30 minutes so I could start with some low power viewing. I first saw Saturn as I was too excited to wait and in went the 7mm XW at 160x.....well it was rippling and boiling, (of course I knew this), but I looked anyways. I then decided to back off on the power, so I put in my 10mm Pentax XW and looked at M-104. Wow, it was really nice to see it again! I knew M-13 was up, so I swung around and saw that too...but time had passed so I tried 210x on it and it was really nice! The mirror was starting to cool and images were getting a lot better so I looked for M-3 in Canes Venatici. This globular seems a bit brighter than M-13, so in went the 10mm XW and my barlow which I screwed onto my blue fireball 2", 35mm extension tube at 210x. Really nice view!!!!
Finally, after about an hour had passed, so I grabbed my 7mm Pentax XW + barlow @ 300x and I looked at Saturn...Now the mirror was really happening and the view was super sharp in the rings and I could just see a slight shadow on the left side of the planet and rings. I was also able to try out my newly made map holder that turns 360 degrees, so I can orient whatever I am seeing on the map exactly to the sky....it worked perfectly!
After that, I put in my 22mm Vixen LVW and snapped a quick pic of the moon, and I packed up and headed inside.
All in all, it was worth heading out in the cold too see some good old mornin' friends in the sky!