After how long? Nearly a month of a brutal work schedule and, if I'm not too tired, clouds.
So a quiet night in the back yard with Big Blue. Seeing poor, transparency average, but all the same nice to be reacquainted with the sky.
Venus through binoviewers a shimmering slightly more than half orb. It was just in the slot of yew trees; the finder angle was just out of reach and pointed to a yew, but Venus clear in the scope.
Jupiter through binoviewers: relatively calm clouds, not much going on. Unlike the last time I saw it more than three weeks ago, with swirls of festoons, white ovals, turbulence in and around the eye, many bands, and a shadow transit...
I used my 7x35 binoculars while I was waiting for Venus to clear the yew tree. From Spica up through Virgo I swept up Mel 111, the whole cluster in view. The area around the Coma Cluster -- and I realized I entirely missed spring galaxy season this year. Nearly all of Lyra in view, double-double and the red star near Steph 1 cluster. Cygnus.
I tried Jupiter again but the seeing was quite poor, likely heat radiating from a neighbor's roof. Packed it in. But wanting more.