Well, the first time through a telescope.
From 10 to 11 we tried to do some star hopping to find M51, but that was very frustrating. Afterwards I read more about it and will be trying again soon.
Saturn revealed itself over the trees a little after 11 and we started acquiring it, then we zoomed in. Awesome! Jupiter caught up about a ½ hour later. Saw 4 moons, AWESOME! Then the wait for Luna. Finally after 2 hours it was peaking through the trees. By then, everything was wet!
What a mess! We wrapped up, brought everything in and laid it out on some towels to dry. How do you keep the middle-of-night dew from ruining your viewing? Throw a towel over the scope when not actively using it? I've seen heaters. I looked down the tube, the mirror appeared clear, but looking through the eyepiece showed a lot of splatter.
Oh yes, we saw a few shooting stars too! NICE sideshow!
Changed M59 to M51. No sleep.
Edited by CRAZYeye29325, 29 July 2021 - 01:45 PM.