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Jeff Newland

    It was nice out there last night.  Wind wasn't too bad, died down, picked up a bit and died down again.  A might cool.  🙂
    We were able to get Saturn and Mars right at the top of the trees to the SW in the beginning and then saw Jupiter right next to the moon on the way.  I was wondering what that bright star could be next the moon and then figured out it had to be Jupiter, nothing else like that over there. 
    Objects were really popping out last night.  I was able to see things quite easily in the finder scope and binoculars.  Since they stood out in the finder, they were easy to find and take a look at.  It was so nice, we stayed until right before midnight, longer than I originally planned.  Kirk also showed up a little late and he was still there when we left, I think taking another crack at M33.
    I started off with some globs, M13, M3, M4, M5, M22 to get things going.  I've never taken the time in the past to figure out the Messiers in Sagittarius, but did last night.  Wandered over look at M31, Andromeda Galaxy, later and all three Ms stood out just like that with no effort.  Brought the scope over to M31 and M32 and M110 showed up clearly at the edge of the field, nice.
    Besides, Messiers, took a look at the Double Cluster and Albireo. 
    Messiers…  M3, M4, M5, M8, M10, M12, M13, M15, M16, M17, M18, M20, M21, M22, M23, M24, M25, M26, M27, M28, M31, M32, M33, M45, M51, M56, M57, M71, M92, M103, M110.
    A grand and glorious night,  AGNFA!