Last night I set out to see if I could get the C14 to align with the 6"f9 refractor on the tandem bar. The mount still isn't pointing perfectly, but it is getting whatever I send it to into the inner 2/3 of the view with a Panoptic 19, which gives about a 56' FOV in the refractor. So it's getting within about 20'. When an object is centered in the refractor, it's on the edge of the field in a 41 Panoptic in the C14, so they are misaligned by about 20'. I was hoping that it would just be orthogonal error, which I could correct with shims, but it's actually parallel error. Since there wasn't anything I could do about that at the moment, I decided to just observe.
First went to Mars, which showed a nice dark stripe, with a fainter parallel one. The best view was through the C14 with a 10mm (391x) and an orange filter. Then to M45, which is lovely in the refractor. M1 was a dim smudge in the 6" and bold in the C14. Quickly cruised through M36, M38, M37, all of which were nice in both scopes, but the C14 pulled in more members and stronger colors. Tried M42, but it was low and the Trap was four muddy, wobbly stars. M32 was straight up (requiring that I lay on the floor to get to the eyepiece), and in the 6" the view easily encompasses M32 and 110. Jumping to M33, it was faint in the 6" but clearly stood out in the 14. Then over to the double cluster, which is always a colorful and sparkling view in the 6".
Then I slewed to Enif to recalibrate on that part of the sky, and went to Uranus. Despite the recal, it wasn't centered, but was obvious in the 6", although no moons were visible. In the C14, however, cranking up to the 10mm, I was able to see Titania and Oberon. Oberon needed averted vision but was definitely there. However, Ariel, which was close to the planet, was much harder and at best I might have gotten a couple of glimpses. Moving to Neptune, I tried for about 20 minutes to catch Triton, since it's the same magnitude (14) as Oberon, but Neptune was quite a bit lower in the sky, and I just couldn't pull it out. A 13th magnitude field star was fairly easy with averted vision, but although there were a couple of times I thought I saw something in about the right position, I could just as well have been fooling myself.
At the end, I went back to M42, and the extra altitude made it possible to spot the E and F components of the Trap in both scopes. About that time the coyotes in the thicket behind the house started singing, and the dog wanted in to the observatory. A 70 lb golden retriever takes up a lot of space in an 8' diameter room, so I closed up, and we both went inside about 11:30. Temps were in the 40's, but I recently pulled out some Canadian Army surplus wool pants that I haven't worn in ages. They actually have an issue date of 1956. These make it apparent that the Canadian Army certainly knows something about keeping warm!