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Monday, April 11th, 2011
I AM STILL TRYING TO GET OVER THE SHOCK.   The updated Clear Sky Chart was reasonably accurate tonight......minimal clouds, terrible transparency, good seeing.   That added up to an opportunity to at least look through a telescope again......even if it was only the moon. 
 
I went out at 10pm to find the quarter moon in a large clear area.  I managed to observe the Straight Wall very easily....a bit less so for the Hyginus Rille, and even less for the Triesnecker Rille.   By 10:45, the clouds were rolling over, so I called it a night.  While it was in the clear, the seeing was good.  I managed to go up to 240x without noticeable deterioration in the image.   My scope was undoubtedly out of collimation, but I didn't want to waste observing time fooling around with it, so I let it go.
 
I wanted to have a go at Saturn, but my view to the east is blocked by my apartment building.....and I resisted the temptation to drag the scope around to the front and set it up in the parking lot. 
 
I stuck my nose out at midnight to find no clouds, but a bright halo around the moon and very poor transparency. 
 
Yeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaa!   Can good observing weather be on the way?   Hope springs eternal.
 
 





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