There was a lot of moonlight tonight and it was a bit hazy but I was keen to see M57, the ring nebula in Lyra. I also wanted to try out my 8×50 finderscope.
I found the finder (!) very helpful. The GoTo took me straight to M57 but I was able to check that in the finder – it lies half way between beta and gamma Lyrae.
I used a Baader click stop zoom plus a UHC filter – with averted vision, I could see a pale, small smoke ring (24 and 18mm stops) – but not the glorious colours seen in the famous Hubble image.
With so much background light, I spent much of the evening looking at double stars such as beta Lyrae itself. M13 and M3 globular clusters looked dull with so much light pollution.
Earlier in the evening, I tried out my Vixen 5mm NLV eyepiece (x400 magnification) – great close-up lunar views. A nice specialist (planetary) eyepiece.