Well the sky finally cleared properly at about 2100 so I set up the 8'' Newtonian for a look at Jupiter. I also decided to give the Polarie a test run in preparation for my trip to Mozambique.
The Jupiter Great Red Spot was visible after about 2200, but the best view of it was at approximately 2240 when it had crossed the centre of the planet. The Newt also revealed some amazing detail within the bands.
Once set up the Polarie worked brilliantly. I've put a sample image on the site of the constellation of Auriga. In just a 3 minute exposure the image included a number of Messier objects. Due to the cold however, the camera batteries needed replacing frequently.
Looking forward to astronomy in shorts again!