Set the alarm somewhat early this morning to set up the 6"RFT in the backyard. I was at first greeted by two glowing spots of cloud as a series of cirrus clouds drifted through. But there were good gaps and the clear view was sublime in the deep blue of the dawn. Both planets were easily visible with a 35mm eyepiece, but that gives three degree field in the RFT. Stepping up to a 12mm eyepiece both planets just fit in the field at either side but as disks now, a gibbous Venus and at the other side of the field Jupiter and retinue. Before breaking down I turned the scope to the last quarter moon as well for a view this night owl doesn't often see. This is the second time I have seem Jupiter and Saturn in the eyepiece at the same time. The last was a few years back in the evening sky. That time we were set up in a schoolyard and shared the unique view with the students at a school wide star party. I wonder how often these events occur? Andrew -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.