Just got out of the tub and feel human again. Last night, while not looking very promising at the outset turned into a great night after all. Although most of the evening twilight objects were at some pint or another shrouded by the cirrus clouds that threatened all afternoon, Patience and determination enabled me to bag them all, including the elusive M74. Once done the skies pretty well cleared up letting me coast through the list up to Virgo. Just as I was starting, the clouds decided to play hide & seek with the fair maidens galaxies. Once again patience paid off and by 0130 I had all the Virgo Cluster objects. I have to say that the weathers fickleness made this marathon the most challenging I've run as you certainly had to be ready to alter your plan in order not to fall behind. Not wanting to chance the wx, Matt Luttinen & I decided we'd experiment with seeing just how ugly an object can look. We started hunting them down as they came over the horizon. Matt had the advantage wit his Digital Setting circles, while I use my 60 mm ETX as a $100.00 Finder. I set the ETX on the object, note in it's finder where it was pointing and then aim Gert at the same spot. I'd say we found at least 10 object within 5 degree of the horizon and probably 10 more with 7. As Andrew reported, the clouds did hang around in the East a bit and made the last 4 objects (M2, M73, M72 & M30) interesting. M2 didn't pop out of cloud till after we had finally secured M72 & M73. We thought for a minute that we might end up with M30, but miss M2, Wouldn't that have been ironic. As it turns out Matt Rich Payne & myself huddled and worked out just where M 30 would rise so we'd be ready for it. Alas, all we ended up with were clouds. In spite of missing 110, I can't say I'm disappointed with 109, After all, given our forecasts of doom in the afternoon, things worked out quite nicely. Just call me "Glad I Went" 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.