Camp Hancock Weekend:
The sky was almost 100% overcast at 8pm, and nearly 95% clear by 9:30pm.....with only a few passing clouds.........and remained basically clear until well after 1:00am.
Because of uncertainty about the weather, I never got my imaging equipment set up, but it was a great, relaxing night for viewing at the eyepiece.
M42: amazing detail in the nebulosity - like a photograph
M82: Detail in the dust lanes, large and bright @ 150x
M51: Simply breathtaking....spiral structure bright
M109: a first for me. Small but very bright
M81: Spiral structure visible, super bright core
All bright and distinct....getting all three in the FOV was a first for me
NGC 2024: The flame nebula. It was easily visible one minute and required averted vision the next.
NGC 1977: The running man nebula....visible with averted vision
NGC 3077: Found this rather odd-shaped galaxy while trying to find M81. I also saw a smaller, dimmer edge-on galaxy in the same area but I haven't been able to identify it.
Called it a night a little after 1:00am.