I arrived home after an annual meeting and a quick birthday drink with Kelly around 9:45pm. Just enough time to checkout the new binocular tripod mount that I picked up at National Camera earlier in the day.
I setup on the deck and was pleased to see that the top 2/3 of Orion was visible between my maple tree and the large pine directly west of my backyard. Aldebaran was immediately N of the pine tree with the Pleiades N of Aldebaran. I was setup by 10:10pm and immeidatly pointed to Betelgeuse in order to have a bright object to focus in on while setting up the binoculars on the tripod mount for the first time. After about 5 minutes, I got the setup as good as it was going to get for the first time out. Most of the time viewing was spent on the Pleiades. Got a great clear view with the binoculars at 7×40 with the whole FOV filled. Finished off the session with Pollux and Castor.
Observing List Object Name 20110404 View of Sky List