I finally got out last night 5/10/02 as I have been unable to do so for about a week due to weather. It was about 9:30 went I set up on the back porch which has a good view of the western sky. From there I can just wait on the objects to come into view. I had my Tasco 114mm with the following ep's: 40mm, 25mm, 15mm, 9mm, and a celsestron shorty barlow. The ep's are all GTO stadard plossls.
I started with Venus and got a very nice view that planet and Mars in the same FOV when using the 25mm. I even managed to get the two planets in the 15mm, but the view was better in the 25mm. I spent some time observing this wonderful event.
I next went to Jupiter and at first thought two of the moons were so close that when using the 25mm I could not get seperation. I went to the 15mm and even to the 9mm, but nothing. I barlowed the 15 and the distortion was too great. I scanned the area and no moon. I suppose the moon was behind the planet.
I next looked for m35, but couldn't find that cluster. I later when using my software I realized I was looking in the wrong spot. By the time I learned of my mistake the cluster was too low to the horizon to observe.
I next went to m44 and easily found that cluster. I used the 40mm and moved to the 25mm. I explored the cluster's various stars for a good time till I realized it was getting late. I packed up the scope and came in.
All around good night.