Monday, February 8, 2016
Spent about an hour in the back with the 8-inch, noodling around Orion and environs. I came in a little early. Despite the great forecast the sky seemed a bit off, maybe some thin clouds. And I'm still a bit tired from Saturday night's long session. I noticed a lovely loop of stars running between Mintaka and Alnilam -- very much like Melotte 20 (Alpha Persei cluster). Several red and orange stars there too. I think tomorrow if it's clear I'll use the big binos, which I have yet to use in the winter sky.