G'Day Vdog! I'm planning to get up early middle of this month to primarily observe Mercury at greatest western elongation. I plan to view Mars then as well.
Enjoy, sir. So far, I've only been able to get a scope on Mercury one time, and that was in the evening. I've got a lot of obstacles on my horizon, but maybe I'll get lucky this time.
As I predicted, M22 was gone by the time Mars cleared my neighbor's roof. Whilst I've been watching, the planet has grown from a speck, to a dot, to a larger dot. I don't know why I'm so fixated on it already.