Not the best seeing. The scope had been out for a couple of hours and was well collimated but a defocussed Polaris was very wobbly at 8mm. Quite a bright sky. I'm not sure why the sky was bright, it was astronomically dark at that point the moon was not yet risen. The neighbour had a bathroom light on but I really don't think that makes much difference as long as I'm careful. I used the eye-patch had a hood over while observing. The sky just seemed bright. I suspect this is due to thin cloud being lit but a soon to rise moon and not light pollution. High humidity - by the time I went out the observe everything was already wet.
Excited to try out my new fingerless mittens!
Transparency: 4, Seeing: 2
Scope: 1200/254 f4.7 Dobsonian
Moon: 21 days. Waning Gibbous. Not yet risen.
Weather: Partly Cloudy. 11˚
21:50. M74 - Spiral Galaxy in Pisces.
Easy to find buy jumping slightly east of ζ Psc. I'd read about M74 but couldn't remember what it was meant to look like and at 48x I kind of thought it might have been edge on but further viewing showed a disk smudge. It may have been my imagination but I thought I saw spiral arms. This is not beyond the realm of possibility as at +9.14 mag it's within the reach of the scope but possibly not on a less that perfect night.
Optics started to fog at this point. The Telrad was already soaking wet but it always is. I have a homemade dew shield but keep forgetting to stick it on. It's only used for the most rudimentary pointing now and now I'm comfortable with the finderscope I'm not sure I really need it.
25mm, 8mm, 8mm+2x
Still in Pisces I was able to find Uranus by pointing the finder directly at 𝝄 Psc. The planet was visible in the west quadrant of the finder. At 48x Uranus is a bright blue dot. Switching to 8mm resolves it as a small blue disk and with the Barlow...I lost it entirely. 150x in this sky was tough. Stars were hard to focus. I don't know what I was thinking going to 300x!
Comment from my notes: "kind of boring". It's a nice colour but left me a bit cold. It was the first time seeing it though so that's something. If there's some better seeing I'd love to have a crack at seeing Oberon. That would be something. Mag +13.9 though. 😕
Clouds rolled in now and I knew from the forecast that was it for the night. However the following morning at 6am it was a real treat to let the dog out to do a poo. Orion riding high and the half moon lighting up misty streaks of cloud. Gorgeous.