Stan, Sam & Wes, thank you. Wes, I am so glad I chanced upon your auction on eBay last year! The XT8 has been a wonderful scope. Thanks for breaking it in so nicely :) There's a nice crop of visual comets drifting around now, including C/ 2006 OF2 (Broughton) and C/2006 W3 (Christensen). If I can overcome my early-morning observing handicap at the next new moon, I'm looking forward to C/2007 N3 (Lulin) and 210P/2008 X4 (Christensen). X4 Christensen will be within a degree of M107 on the morning of Jan 9 (with the 13-day-old moon setting on the opposite side of the sky). N3 Lulin will be visiting a number of 11-13 mag galaxies in the next couple months, and within 1/4 degree of the Eskimo Nebula on March 14. On Jan 3, 2009, at 11:01 AM, Wes Edens wrote: > Jeremy, beautiful sketch as always. I think the XT8 is serving you > well. > It's all those trips over washboard roads I gave it--and the dust > baths! -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.