|The sky was clear, but relatively bright. I noticed in Starry Night Pro that M15 was rising near the hear of Pegasus. I'm still learning these summer constellations, so I wanted to "pop-out" and see if I could catch a glimpse of the globular cluster M15.
Though the bulk of Pegasus was behind trees from my backyard, I could make out the single star of the head. That was all I needed to find M15 and sure enough, with little hunting effort, there it was. Not much more than a small globular, though I think with darker sky and better contrast it will prove to be more than what I could see on this night. The sky behind it was so bright, that there was virtually no definition at all in the cluster. It wasn't anythingmore than a fuzzy spot in the scope. I'm looking forward to it rising higher because the pictures I've seen of it look incredible.
A Dark Observation Spot
Another thing I did was drive for hours to try and locate a decent spot somewhere an hour or so Northeast from my house. Though from my backyard, on dark nights I can see spirals in M51 and awesome definition in M13, the south is comletely washed out all night because of Portland. I found a small clearcut area on the side of Green Mountain 45 minutes from my house with a wonderful view of the southern sky. I'll try that spot on the next clear night and journal about it.