Leaving my friends house last night I was somewhat surprised to look up and see a totally clear sky and the full moon staring back at me.
We've had mostly overcast skies the last week with rain and almost snow with a lot of wind.
Driving home I did see some cloud cover moving in and I just wasn't motivated enough to set up a telescope, I was tired.
I admit that I haven't observed as often as I should/could have in my short amateur astronomer career. Too many missed opportunities.
This morning I awoke @ 6 am and peeked out the window expecting clouds, you know, the usual.
Nope! clear skies and a full moon in the west. Still somewhat dark. Hmmm...
I unlocked the backdoor and stepped out onto the back porch to get a better view of the sky.
Of course the timing was perfect as a neighbor exited their backdoor a few seconds later.
Hopefully the @ 100 feet distance was far enough away since my ensemble consisted of (bottom to top) white socks, white long johns and a white t-shirt capped off with a moderate case of bed head.
I stepped back inside.
Checking my SkySafari app, I figured about an hour before sun up. What to look for? I decided to try for M42/Orion Nebula.
I've only seen it once before. I quickly dressed and hauled out the AD10 from the garage into the 32 degree weather.
I started out at 39X and found it. I'm sure an easy find for the veterans on here.
After that I tried a 14 at 89X and was using a DGM-NPB filter which improved contrast but I could see it without the filter also.
I then barlowed the 14 2X for 178X.
This was okay but lost some detail so for the EP's I was using, the 14 at 89X seemed to provide the best view.
To sum it up, a short but successful viewing session, not an opportunity missed.