Just trying out my pre-loved 10x40 binoculars on a few random sights.
Shortly after sunset glimpsed a young moon a few degrees south of Pollux as well as M44 close to Venus. When it got somewhat darker gave Canis Major a good scan before it set, had a good look at M41 and the attractive arc of stars south of Delta Canis Majoris.
When it was sufficiently dark I hid away from the blinding night lights of the apartment complex I am temporarily living in and sought out the far southern Milky Way. Eta Carina and its nebula (NGC 3372) was easily scanned up and it was a great sight to see again particularly after living in the other hemisphere for the last ten years. Eta Carina itself seems to be brighter than it used to, I will check to see if it has brightened over the last ten years.
Near the Eta Carinae nebula are the superb open clusters NGC 3372 and just across the border in Centaurus NGC 3766. Both clusters definitely warrant further investigation through the 10x40's under a less polluted sky. Next stop was the Southern Cross where I easily swept up the compact NGC 4755 (Jewel Box).
After scanning the Milky Way between Beta Crucis and Beta Centauri I looked towards Omega Centauri which showed an attractive circular haze. I was unable to resolve Omega Centauri at all; it was worth a try as I have previously resolved several of its stars with a pair of 7x50's many years ago. After Omega I swept up and located Centaurus A (NGC5128) looking like a miniature Omega Centauri through my uncoated binos. Finally I tried to find the galaxy NGC4945, however, I was out of luck. Will definitely try for this galaxy tonight together with its fellow cluster member M83 in neighbouring Hydra.
While the Moon is still young and the weather awesome I will seek out a darker site in the hills east of me and give the old 10x40's a bit of a push.