Birmingham gets as much annual rainfall as Seattle. Nevertheless, I am optimistic that I should get some looking in sometime soon, and when I don’t I can be studying the Messier Marathon book, and trying to figure out what should be where when. I have a tendency to rely on the kindness of strangers, or relatives, to point out everything worth seeing, but I am trying to do better.
I like the idea of the geometric method. However, maybe I have some sort of inner ear balance problem. When I look up I loose directions, and when I look down (as into the eyepiece) everything gets upside down, and maybe backwards too. But that is what is supposed to happen.
So, in the next few days I will pick some nice M objects to try to find, and then find them. In the summer haze above my house.