I had a quick but rewarding session on Sunday night. It had been raining on and off a bit during the day and early evening, but it's been cumulus clouds with scattered patches of blue (later starry) sky mixed in. Then the wife called me on her way home that evening to come meet her at the shore because the sky looked "weird" in that direction. As I could have guessed, it was a bunch of ships with LED lighting lighting up the underside of the irregular cloud deck. Then on the way home, we saw a laser light show light up the sky in the other direction, lol. Well, it was cloudy and semi-raining, so it was just water off a duck's back, so to speak. I'm good (Om mani padme hum, om mani padme hum...), really.
Well, I did notice Tarazed, Altair, Alshain through a gap in the clouds, so I staged my scope in the foyer so it'd be ready if a pre-bedtime check showed promise. Conditions were looking a bit better around 11:00 with Jupiter and Saturn occasionally showing, and then for last check at 11:40 there were Jupiter and Saturn and the whole surrounding area in the clear, over the deck to the east. Cool.
Brought my stuff out onto the wet, streetlight-lit deck, set up so I was standing in a dark corner and had a go at the two planets. Seeing wasn't great and the views were okay but a bit substandard. However, the air was so clean from the rain that I could see more stars than usual -- in fact, I could even see many of the stars of Aquarius and Capricornus, which is definitely better than usual. Well Capricorn was already moving behind the house and I'd have to reposition out into the lit part of the deck to have much of a go at the Sagittarius-ward side of it, plus my eyes weren't too dark adapted yet to try for M72/M73 which I wasn't able to get on my one previous attempt, but I saw that M30, below and in between Jupiter and Saturn on the Aquarius side of the constellation was available, clear of the house, clear of clouds and in a gap in the trees.
Did the star hop and found M30. Funny thing was, somehow I'd had it in my head that this new-to-me object was supposed to be an open cluster. Kept looking and looking at it. I mean, I knew I wasn't too dark adapted, but that sure looks like a glob... Eventually I teased a few stars into hints of resolution. After I got back inside I read up on it and sure enough, it was glob Kinda funny - thought I was going crazy there. Turns out it's in retrograde motion around the Milky Way, likely captured from another galaxy. I dunno why, but I like this one. For one, it was on my little list of Messier objects that, due to low elevation, local light pollution and the object not being very bright, I might not be able to see without traveling off the island we live on. The sky down that low is almost completely starless to the naked eye, a brownish-gray wash, and not much better through the scope. But conditions were good and I was able to add another Messier (M30) to my list before the clouds moved in.
Finished up by revisiting the double Achird I'd first seen the night before. Super easy to get back to, and very enjoyable as it's notably different than the other double star pairings I've seen. I'd tried for it (after reading about it on this thread) a few times last winter but couldn't find it because I was having trouble making sense of Cassiopeia in the limited FOV of my finderscope. Now though, with Cassiopeia finally back in position and myself more experienced, it was quite straight forward.
And then the view dimmed. Looked up and the sky was a uniform gray. Party's over, time for bed, tomorrow's another day. A good if quick night though and a good weekend overall with two new Messier's (M103 the night before and now M30), a new double seen twice and, again from Saturday, my first ever view of Io transiting and my best ever view of the Great Red Spot.