Again, same time ~17:30 and same setup. Tonight was the first time I could not resolve Jupiter and Saturn naked eye (7’20” separation). It was neat to see in Pentax XW 20mm (25x), tiny Saturn ring barely resolved; Saturn about the same distance from Jupiter as Callisto. Stepping up to Pentax XW 5mm (100x) has increased planets size but did not add much details. The seeing was bad.
Nova Perseus 2020
I planned to catch it since November. Was not sure if 80mm scope is large enough, but it was relatively easy to find, even with bright Moon. With Pentax XW 20mm (25x, 2.8 deg TFV) it was in the same FOV with the open cluster NGC 1582. The Nova was next to 9.7 mag star HD 276383 and about the same magnitude. The two looked like an equal double.
My wife came out to check on Jupiter and Saturn. We also looked at Pleiades, Orion Nebula and Mars. Seeing was bad and no details on Mars resolved.
Overall, it was a nice session.
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 16x50 & 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Russell Optics: SuperPlossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric; AltairAstro: Positive lock prism.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 2106 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 1635, S110: 77). Doubles: 1385, Comets: 18, Asteroids: 95