One other chap turned up, who had a nice 12" LX200. He was good company but I wondered what happened to everyone else I used to see out there. A good clear night used to attract quite a crowd. Oh well, maybe another time.
Anyway, after a very quick setup including collimation, I had a great few hours under the stars. It remained very clear and despite the Austin Clear Sky Chart indicating strong winds, it stayed relatively calm through the evening. The other chap swore he saw a few meteors here and there but they remained elusive for me.
Highlights of the night included:
- Neptune! (Found it using the SkySafari iPhone app!)
- Comet Garrard (faint at magnitude 7.8 but it looked great with my 22mm Panoptic)
- The Double Cluster
- M13 (Very nice tonight, tons of detail!)
- Jupiter (All four moons visible, with the Great Red Spot visible as well)
- Star Cloud in Sagitarrius
- M57 Ring Nebula
- A few other small open clusters