Jason brought his 15 inch obsession, John his Galileoscope. I brought the bucketscope (114mm f4.4 rich field newtonian on a ball mount: fits in a bucket; the bucket becomes a pier for the bowl base) Rob brought his person and Leo his daughter. It is a good kilometer through the dark woods to get to the top overlooking the Hudson in Inwood Hill Park.
Venus in crescent; just two weeks before transit about magnitude -4. It looked like an eclipse about to take place. Mars showed some detail. Saturn at 500 power looked like a prop from a low-budget sci-fi indy flick. When it flickered into focus, Cassini division, shadow of the rings, and some banding was visible. No color.
M13 at 500 power was 3D: definitely stars and not a blur at all. M81 and M82 new objects for me: at 200 power they just fit in the same field. Being conveniently close to the pole, they don’t move much. M44, the Beehive; its location is now fixed in my memory.