Thanks for the reply Paul! I will try my damndest to make it to BLAS....but I'm dictated by work and don't have much structure to the hours I do!
I've already got Stellarium installed on all my pc's but find it hard when actually outside continually running into my shed to make sure I'm looking in the right direction!
I know a lot is to do with actually learning the night sky which I'm gradually getting around to doing and unfortunately for me, most views to the west of me are blotted out with the light pollution! Though the Lumicon filter really does help! (didnt think it would!) from around NW to S is not to bad, but I need to try another location as I am slightly restricted in my back garden with tree's etc!
My polar alignment doesnt seem to bad at the moment as I'm just using a compass to align the mount North as I don't fancy undoing grub screws in the dark to align the polar scope!
The skies are spoiling things at the moment...but then again if it was clear skies every night I think some of the magic would die
I'll give you a bell and pick your brains over the phone!
Oh I don't suppose you've browsed through the books Turn left at orion or Nightwatch? I'm feeling drawn to Nightwatch at the moment?