Beautiful moonless night and the sky cleared for about an hour at 7pm.
I worked through the string of open clusters, M35, M36, M37 and M38 in Auriga above Orion.
The Crab nebula, M1, was nearby. I thought it was a bit hazy and uninteresting so I checked focus by going back to M42 and M43 in the Orion nebula – this was very impressive with Trapezium stars at its heart. M43 was easily seen. M50 and M78 were nearby so I had a quick look before slewing right to the Pleiades (M45) and finally the oval of the Andomeda galaxy (M31).
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