Telescoping in January, again!

Seattle’s getting some bizarre weather this month.  The other day, I was able to drag out the little telescope (Meade ETX90) and tonight the clouds cleared again.

image Today, I yanked out the big scope (Meade LX50).  It’s 28°F outside again, and I spent the first hour and a half or so setting up the scope.  I haven’t really had a good chance to use this telescope yet, so it took me a while to figure out what went where, and what parts I was missing and needed to search the house for.

Nearly full moon tonight, so most of the viewing wasn’t that great, but I did get a good close-up look at the Pleiades (M45), a fair amount of the moon, and a brief stab at Mars.  I need to get the spotting scope tuned in better before I do any significant viewing.