Had a quick grab and go session, hoping to catch the moon and venus before conditions took a narly turn for the worse. Clear skies, transparency was poor and seeing poor (2/5).
I left the house at quarter after nine.
I packed up the car in about 5 mins, got changed 5 mins. Drove out to another spot in the light polluted city, about 5 mins. Set up, 5 mins.
After setting up, I realized I forgot my leica zoom
All I had was my 31N, 17ES92, and a 5xpowermate. So I put in the ES and surfed around.
The moon was waxing crescent, only 9% illumination! The ES92 actually frames it very well, and its Earthshine was very apparent.
Transparency was bad here so I moved along. I found M36, M37, M38. I saw venus, but I was getting bad flaring off of it.
M45 right by it looked not bad, although being fairly close to Venus and some faint transparency issues.
I surfed up Cr69, Cr70. NGC 1981 was a nice cluster Sigma Orionis looked good, you can see 6 star around it, but the star itself only showed 3 of the 4 members.
M42 quite muted in the poor sky, but still obvious despite the conditions.
Sirius in Canis Major was surprising. Even with the conditions, the pup wanted to come out. I could see it at times, but it wasnt jumping completely out of the glare, a bit more closer to the primary than last session of average seeing. I would not call a split but man this scope wants to make short work from it.
I marvelled at the mechanics of this scope again, the course focuser knob and its precision machining. Racked in the focuser and packed up as it looked like the session was going to be hamstrung and getting worse by the hour.
I packed up at 10:05, a solid 30mins out only...weak session. Guess I was just stir crazy and wanted some fresh air. Next time I will bring my leica zoom.