Fun DSO session with the DX8 tonight -- while the seeing lasted. Both NWS & AccuWeather were WRONG about the wee hours of this morning; and, both were WRONG about tonight. After sundown, seeing was an 8/10; by 2130 local, it had degraded to 6/10. In between, I had a blast!
In addition to the spectros Big Kellners, this scope really likes the UO HD Orthos. M42 & M43 @ 100x - magnificent! 6-star Trapezium, and the bubble void around it. One of the best views I've had of it so far.
I set the scope just north of Betelgeuse, locked the DEC, and spent the rest of the time sweeping at 40x with the KE50. Figured out it was easier & smoother to use the slow-motion knob rather than pushing the fork arm. Besides the double stars, I saw some unusual star patterns, including a football about 20' x 8' of faint stars. Haven't seen that before.
Not gonna repeat my previous Jupiter attempt. Moisture is creeping south, and the stars are just about gone. So am I.