We were not going to the Pit n Pole this time. Instead we went south of the Five Mile Pass. If you look on My Google Astronomy Map you can find Five Mile Pass Site 1 South and see where we were. The site was somewhat muddy from the snow melt but we set up where it was dry. During set up Mat saw a Sun pillar and I was able to capture several shots of it. Here they are. The white line up against the mountains in the west is a ground fog that is already starting to form.
My next object was also a rather easy star hop. NGC 1514 a PN in Taurus. Mag. 10.9; Size: 2.3' x 2.0'; 8:40pm MDT/02:40 UT; 14" Dob; 20mm ES 68 degree finder EP; 10mm Pentax XW sketching EP; OIII Filter, Orion Ultrablock; Antoniadi III.
M105 showed its bright core and was slightly elongated. NGC 3384 is bright with a stellar nucleus and elongated NW to SE. NGC 3412 was bright, elongated with a very bright core that holds a bright stellar core.
Next I went to M95 and M96 which showed their roundish shapes with bright cores. A nice view but I have seen them better. After this I visited M42 again (had seen it earlier that night) and then went over to Jupiter. After this I began packing up as everything was dewy and frosted over.
So from this trip I learned that I really need the snow to melt and the ground to dry a little in order to reduce the humidity in the desert under the dark skies that the desert offers. Any night is better than no night but I just want a really decent night to observe. A storm is coming in on Thursday and not leaving til Saturday night so I doubt there will be a good night to observe under new moon again this month. That is the other thing I wish. I did some checking and confirmed that when new moon is more in the mid to mid/late part of the month the weather is better. Oh well, it is what it is. Good luck in observing. I'll be posting on Wednesday a copy of my observing tracker for my observations.