Algeiba is a double star in the "sickle" or "mane" of Leo the Lion. I do not believe I actually suceeded in splitting this double although given the right conditions it should be fairly easy. Unfortunately when I tried, Leo was still quite low in the sky and the conditions in general were not good with poor transparency.
M51 : The Whirlpool Galaxy
The Whirlpool Galaxy is very famous. It is so called because in astrophotography it is revealed to have very distinctive spiral arms, and is currently interacting with a neighbouring galaxy,
It held up well to increased magnification but looked best at x80 with the barlowed 25mm.
M51 is a large galaxy consisting of around 100 billion stars in a spiral 50,000 light years in diameter at a distance of 15 - 40 million light years from Earth.
This is a double star consisting of a mag 4.6 blue primary star and a mag 6.6 yellow secondary. The colours were quite distinguished, although again the poor transparency contributed to a slightly inferior view to that which was expected.
Another double star, this one in
M94 : Small Spiral Galaxy
This was located very close to Cor Caroli in
M53 : Globular Cluster in Coma Berenices
My first globular cluster with the 'scope! This one was an easy find, although it proved to be quite small and not very distinctive. There was a definite graininess to this particular fuzz of light (showing I had found the right object) but the sky conditions did not allow the fainter outer disc to be seen. I will definitely take another look at this object in the future.
This is a cloud of ancient stars (over 100,000) and is located around 65,000 light years from us
The Cassini division was difficult to spot even at x200 tonight showing how bad the conditions were, although the planetary disc did yield quite a bit of detail, with bands in the northern hemisphere visible.
I only looked at Jupiter briefly before it disappeared behind some trees - it was very bright, being only one day after opposition, but details were again elusive thanks to poor atmospheric conditions.