Last night was fantastic! Very clear, nice temperatures. I went to the local observing spot to try and image the Leo Triplet. However, due to an oversight on my part, I couldn't get very good tracking. Silliness really, but that's how it goes sometimes.
In the early evening hours I caught a glimpse of Mercury as it hung beside Venus. I've been observing for a long time, so it's a shame to say that this is the first time I have ever seen it through a scope! Through my 80mm ED and Radian 10mm eyepiece, it wasn't too bad. An orange ball, shimmering in the haze. Quite a pretty sight.
Leo Triplet - I will return to you next week, hopefully!