Very small, sharp object at x50. Upping the magnification to x200 using a Barlowed 10mm gave a much bigger picture which Julie got into excellent focus. The Cassini Division was not obviously visible though viewing times were very short, but Titan stood out as a bright point of light to the South East of the planet.
Two members visible through the shaking of the tripod - unable to keep it in the FOV long enough to observe in any detail
NGC 884 & NGC 869 - The Double Cluster in Perseus
This was an easy find in the binoculars and was just on the edge of averted vision. In the 'scope at x50 it was a mafnificent site - the two clusters standing out against the sweeping tide of the Milky Way behind it. There were many stars visible in and around both clusters.
A beautiful double with excellent colour contrast between the bright gold-yellow A star and the much fainter turqoise blue B star - definite split at 200x though the difference in brightness makes this difficult even with a steady mount!
M42 - The Great Orion Nebula
As spectacular as ever - good definition on the fringes - at x200 three stars of the trapezium were visible but the mount made it difficult to keep it in the FOV for any length of time
M44 - The Beehive Cluster
A large open cluster of stars in Cancer which easily filled the FOV at x50. The bright stars appeared mainly blue-white and arranged in a series of right-angled triangles
Comet Machholz was visible in the binoculars above the Double Cluster. On examination of Carte De Ciel it actually lies in between two other open clusters - Collinder 33 and IC 1848 - however due to the 'scope mount not being correctly set-up it was difficult to find and eventually the cold dictated we move onto better things