After many weeks of cloudy and turbulent monsoon weather here in Arizona, the forecast for tonight is absolutely AWESOME! Clear Dark Sky is predicting perfect transparency and almost perfect seeing for my planned observing location in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge about 100 miles west of Phoenix. How can this possibly be?!? It's NEW MOON!!!! Sacrilege!
If predictions are accurate this could well be the best night we've seen in this part of the country for quite a while. I've got a relatively new to me C9.25 Edge to drive around and a number of new eyepieces to try out. There are two comets in the sky, one morning and one evening, and Saturn is still a treat before sunset. This will be the first time I've been able to take my new rig out to a dark site and experience such favorable conditions, and I feel really blessed to be able to get out to the desert and under the stars tonight! Woo-hoo!!