Last nights viewing with the family
We stated off the the night seeing vega. They all got excited because it was the first star visable over head so i fixed my scope on it did a quick star check to make sure i was perfectly collimated and refocused it to a nice piont of light. When they took a look they where expecting to see something more than they did and started to say that this was a waste of time and not worth staying out if all we can see is a boring piont of light. I changed their minds fast. I swung my scope around and had saturn centered within seconds and told them that i was now pionted at the "star" over there in the southwestern sky and asked them to see if it was as boring as the first. Their jaws dropped when they looked in the eyepiece. I barlowed the eyepiece recentered and they took turns about 5 min.a piece looking at saturn. It was now getting darker and sag. Was up and i swung my scope over put in my q70 26mm 2" wide field eyepiece and centered on m24. They couldnt believe the cloud was actually all stars. From there i moved to the lagoon nebula and they didnt seem to impressed by that, so i spotted hercules and fixed on m13 and they all found that to be impressive but told me that i was wrong about it taking 25000years for the light to reach us. Oh and apparently the rings of saturn are not frozen chunks of ice dust or rocks, they are made of gas... Sometimes i just don't know about people even if they are family. But after they all went in i stayed out and galaxy hunted i got, easily, m31, m106, m51, m63, and with conformation from this forum m108. And i also swung up to visit m57. All in all it was a good night.
Orion skyquest xt10,xt4.5, orion deluxe eyepiece and filter kit,orion Q70 26mm super wide field 2" eyepiece, 10x50 binos,orion giant view 25x100 binos w/ cheap walmart tripod, o111 filter sky and telescope pocket sky atlas, orion deep map 600, and an open mind.