xlii : Curse the equipment
The 5″ scope is wildly out of collimation, the collimator is broken, and the power tank won’t recharge. All of these things are MY FAULT but I don’t recommend that anyone else tells me so.
So Saturn was fuzzed (though I could see Titan) and Mars just an orange blob. They won’t be at their closest until May and April respectively, so there’s time to sort out the problems if I get on with it. Meantime the 5″ is better used to navigate constellations. Cygnus and Lyra were well placed and I pottered about reminding myself of the vicinity, and Altair shone low down to give me my first view of the Summer Triangle this year.
Venus was a ravishing naked eye object through the trees, daylight following her slowly up the sky. As the light grew it became perversely colder, and the dew turned to ice.