It made a change for there to be good weather on a weekend, so I took the opportunity to get out with my scope and new mount. Using a GoTo mount to help find the fainter objects makes such a difference, especially in a high light polluted area like where I live. I started the night observing the double star Mizar, in Ursa Major. With the weather being so good, I took the opportunity to setup my DSLR in the hope of getting some practice taking snaps with the new mount. I wasn’t disappointed.
After taking several shots of Mizar I decided to move on, but as the view from my location is restricted due to building and trees I only have a few options. Using Stellarium I hopped over to M3, an open star cluster. At first I was not sure if the scope had hit its target, but after a few moments I could just about work out a faint smudge like glow near the centre of my view. After observing for a few minutes I once again setup the DSLR, taking several snaps at different setting to get the clearest shop.
After M3 I moved to M52, another open star cluster before moving on to Jupiter for the remainder of the evening.