Well, the first post of 2008 and I still haven't had the time to get the scope out. Over the xmas hols I was hoping to spend some time but whenever I had the time the skies were clouded out.
I have the added problem now that my only hardstanding area is next to the house and not the shed at the end of the garden. I suspect the weight of the scope would make the tripod sink into the soft grass.
Eventually I need to place 3 stepping stones such that when the tripod feet are set on them the mount is roughly polar aligned already.
I've also missed a few predicted ISS passes due to being late leaving work :o(
Here's to a more fruitful year with my sky watching!