Well, it turns out I had way too much to do around the house this weekend, so enjoying the night out at Sentinel was, unfortunately for me, not in the cards. However, being Photon deprived and inspired by Tom's reports on Comet Machholz, I ventured into the backyard with Polly (the ETX 60). Brought a small list of objets on the SAC Urban list to work on plus the comet. First up was NGC 1907, the small cluster to the south of M38. At 39x it showed as an unresolved patch near M38, which was at the edge of the 68' FOV. A small triangle of stars pointed right at it. to the East & west were two doubles, surprisingly both of which resolved using averted vision. Upon further review, the doubles were identified in SkyMap as STF 705 to the West & LY Aurigae to the East. M79 was next and it was actually pretty tough. Consider from my backyard in northern Glendale it was pretty low and straight into the thickest part of Aurora Phoenicia. There are also two Street light from the Loop 101 on either side of were it was. It took averted vision to see it and again it was merely an unresolved fuzzy patch of sky. At 58x the sky darkened enough to say, yep, that's a globular cluster allright, but not much else. Stock 2 in Cas was the best of the DSO's I looked at tonight. a 39x the 68' FOV is large enough to get the whole cluster. There were many chains of stars, the most noticeable was pretty much in the center and seemed to me to form a cross. The stars were all pretty much the same magnitude (which I'd guess about 8th mag, but don't take my word for it, I'm horrible at guessing magnitude) . I counted about 40 stars within the cluster. There were several bright stars surrounding the cluster on all sides. This one was worth the look. The true highlight of the night, however was Machholz. At 17x, it was a stellar like point of light framed within a small triangle of stars. Bumping up to 39x, brought out the coma, which was pretty bright. Although I won't say I saw any tail, the coma did seem to be more elongated to the Northeast. At 58x, the contrast improved dramatically and again the coma was much more well defined with a definite elongation to the NE. This view certainly has me anticipating observing this comet under dark skies. As I said, it wasn't Sentinel, But it was better than doing nothing. Hope those out at Sentinel had a good time, I await their reports. Clear Skies 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.