M20 was looking pretty much just like the picture in my last post, though in black-and-white, since the cones in our eyes don't work in low light levels! I also showed a few people the great globular cluster M22 in the rich Milky Way background, and a little later, the Helix Nebula was spectacular with a nebula filter to increase contrast.
A bunch of us also visited John Davis, an engineer who works with me at the Mirror Lab. He had just finished working on an equatorial mount and had its debut under dark skies with a 12" telescope and camera. I'll be sure to show some of his pictures if he sends them along. His mounting sure was impressive!
We didn't have too late a night - we were about the last to leave shortly after 11pm and were home by 12:30. It was a nice night, given that most were there just for the picnic with the threat of rain. Sometimes nature smiles upon us!