The conditions were fairly good. The sky was reasonably cloud free though it was hazy, half-moon quite bright. Session ended around midnight after the last flare and a fleeting visit from a satellite that was spinning very fast. Attempts to find M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy) were made but to no avail. Celestron 114 - It's first Obs night. Appeared relatively easy to set up in the dark. Didn't align the equatorial mount, but finderscope was aligned. Precision adjustment very useful, fairly easy to use.