I'll Second Steve in saying last night was a success. A for the novice portion of the evening, as he said only a few folks showed up, but they got a quick lesson in collimating their scopes. Considering how much new glass was out there, and how iffy things looked in the morning & afternoon, it cleared up quite nicely. As Steve said I spent most of my time observing in Monocoros, but I'll let you read about the observation in the next newsletter :) One side trip I kept making was to Jupiter, which put on a show of Gallilean moon events. Once Jupiter was out I turn Gert on it and worked the power up to 200x. even though low in the East the seeing was pretty steady at that power and one could easily make out the shadow of Ganyemede on the NEB. Io was close to beginning a transit. According to SkyMap Pro, Ganyemede's Shadow would leave the Jovian disk at 2029 and Io's would enter at 2044. Both occurred right on time. As a Bonus, Steve Perry alerted me to Ganyemede's egress from transit, Always interesting to watch a planet grow a little bump while the moon passes the limb. At 2219 (Again, right on schedule), I waited for Europa to emerge from eclipse. It appeared to emerge in about 2 seconds from when I noticed it. Fortunately I was looking at the disc at the time or I might have missed it. I expected it to emerge further from the limb than it did. It was interesting to note that it was noticeably dimmer than Ganyemede, now well away from the limb. So, aside from my observing chair breaking on me, it was solid night of good observing. On to the Marathon. Rick Tejera Editor SACnews Saguaro Astronomy Club Phoenix, Arizona SaguaroAstro@xxxxxxx www.saguaroastro.org -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.