After months of nothing worth bothering with, tonight proved otherwise. I set up in the early evening and got the polar alignment done, then later tried to do a 3 star alignment for the GOTO, but the thing was playing sill B's and after claiming a successful alignment, I sent it to M33 and it pointed at something near Cassiopeia, so that was no good, I tried again and had to google half the stars in the list to see where they were (some really obscure stars in that list) eventually though I got it working to an acceptable, if not perfect setting and this time M33 appeared somewhat off centre, but at least it was in the eyepiece.
It was easy to see with a fairly bright core, no knots were seen though.
Then onto Mars which was a bright reddish disk but the seeing at this point wasn't great and no detail was visible.
Later (after dinner) I had a good look at M1 which though large at 220X yielded no detail.
I then did a quick sketch of nearby STF 724, a nice mag 7 double with a 4" separation, primary looking yellowish and the secondary blue.
I spent a little time at 120X drifting about in the Pleiades, so many stars!
I followed this with a detailed look at the Orion neb, using the 13mm hyperion the whole nebula was visible and a considerable wealth of detail was clearly visible as well as the impressive trapezium.
Tomorrow looks like it may be good too, so I left it all set up with a cover over it.
Nice to get out and have a look at stuff again though.