Since a quick monochrome image of M33 several weeks ago, the weather has been disappointing to say the least. Clear moonless nights have been very scarce. Nevertheless I've managed to get a little time in with some observational astronomy with some friends. A few weeks back I spent three hours just exploring the constellation Cygnus, hunting down deep sky objects in the Messier, Caldwell, Hidden Treasures, and Secret Deep object catalogues. I have found the books by James O'Meara to be a fantastic resource; his observing style demonstrating the need to take your time with each object. In addition they make fantastic armchair astronomy books, but don't worry I'm not quite at that stage yet!!
Hopefully we'll get some clear skies again soon so I can get my toys out to play.