There was much rejoicing.
I had the telescope and equipment outside and set up by 8pm. Moonrise was going to be after midnight. This gave me hours of dark sky. Yay!
The cold temperature was the challenge. This piece of equipment is an enormous help, though. Using it, I was good for hours even though there was frost forming everywhere.
It turns out that the transparency of the sky made some of the smaller, dimmer, objects on my observing list nearly impossible to see. So, I concentrated on bigger, brighter objects.
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