I was out about a week ago and Orion was in peak placement for me. Dead center south and at 35* latitude for my location it just high enough to also show Canis Major just below with the blazing Sirius ! It was only 7pm and dark enough to start off my evenings observing. For the next 3 hours, I had seen just about all that I wanted and it was only 10pm. Still had an hour or so to catch up with some reading or TV before going asleep.
I have not been out much since that night as the weather has been blah at best. This week is the same with more rain and clouds and hate to waste this precious nights without the moon in the way to observe DSO's and there are plenty out there! I see on my moon calendar that we only have a little over a week before the moon starts to become an issue. What is far worse on the calendar is DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME, is only a month away! I hate DST!!!!! It used to be bad when it didn't start until April and not it's it's March 11 The sunset here now is 6pm and after DST kicks in, it will be 7ish and won't really get dark enough for me until 8pm. I would tell my friends that from October though March was my prime time observing time. Well, hear I am at the end of "My" season, so I'll have to make the best of it going into March and hope the last 10 days of this season will be clear. You hear that Sky God!