I realized I have a tendency to just go back over and over to the really well known objects this time of year (looking at you M42). To combat this I decided to just go in depth on a certain constellation every night to diversify a little bit. Tonight's constellation was Canis Major.
Obviously had to kick things off with the cluster that was no surprise, M41. Through binoculars it was obvious and fuzzy but a few stars could be picked out with averted vision. Through the Z8 at low power it was large and quite colorful with a few orange stars adding a nice touch to the cluster.
Next were the Collinder clusters, Cr 121, 132, and 140. Cr 132 and Cr 140 were nice through binoculars but Cr 121 really stood out thanks to the reddish tinge of Omicron Canis Majoris.
The galaxies NGC 2292, 2293, 2280, and 2217 were very faint and hard to see even in the Z8 due to the fact there is a big light pollution bubble to the south where I live and how low they were. I barely teased them out but being fairly bright as 10th and 11th magnitude galaxies they'd probably be much easier catches farther south with darker skies.
After the galaxies I went after some of the lesser known clusters in Canis Major. NGC 2204 was especially hard but I was able to barely see it. NGC 2374, 2345, 2384, and 2367 were all nice, small clusters that needed high magnification to fully appreciate.
NGC 2354 was unspectacular but NGC 2362 was really nice with Tau Canis Majoris dominating the view. The last cluster I checked out, NGC 2360 really is a gem. Nice and rich, perhaps even better than M41 and much more overlooked.
I couldn't go through Canis Major and not stop by h3945 A.K.A the Winter Albireo as it looks a lot like the one in Cygnus. Was a very nice sight at 150x.
Finally I capped things off (pun intended) with NGC 2359, Thor's Helmet. It was almost invisible without a filter, but sticks out like a sore thumb when a narrowband or OIII filter is used. Looked like an irregular shaped blob and was very bright with the OIII. A perfect example of the magic filters can do.
Hopefully next time ya'll decide to take the scope out you can give some of these objects a chance if you haven't already. NGC 2360, Thor's Helmet, and Winter Albireo are my favorites from the big dog outside of M41, glad I checked them out.