Last night was a lovely night. There were about 40 people who hiked up to the observing site. I could have used more scopes. All I had was my 13.1" DOB. The Moon was lovely. With the Earth shine you could easily see Moon City lit up near the dark edge away from the terminator. M42 was magnificent as well as Saturn. I used my binoculars (8 X 50) to show the Pleiades and Orion nebula. People are always amazed at what can be seen with binoculars. The finale was the star test in the Big Dipper, Mizar. Most seemed to really have a great time. On a side note, those interested in variable stars, zeta Aurigae is nearing the end of its eclipse. It is currently at a minimum and should be egressing the second week of April. It has noticeably dimmed in comparison with eta and epsilon Aurigae. For more information the latest Epsilon Aurigae Campaign Newsletter #11 is now available at http://www.hposoft.com/Campaign09.html Jeff -- Jeff Hopkins HPO SOFT Counting Photons http://www.hposoft.com/Astro/astro.html Hopkins Phoenix Observatory 7812 West Clayton Drive Phoenix, Arizona 85033-2439 U.S.A. (623)849-5889 (623) 247-1190 (Fax) www.hposoft.com -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.