My brother-in-law had wanted to view the moon through my telescope, and it was the first clear night we'd had in a while so I went out to my dark site. BIL bailed, and not one to waste a trip, I spent a few minutes observing the surface of the waxing gibbous.
My first galaxy! After having zero luck finding my other galactic goals of the night, decided to give M51 a try. When I finally located it, I had to make sure it wasn't my imagination. It was definitely there--a very faint double smudge. Amazing!
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