The clouds started to clear this afternoon and then disappeared at dusk, so for the first time in about three weeks I took the scope out. I spent a bit of time showing the girls saturn, rigel kent, eta carina and omega centauri, they've seen it all before, but I think being out in the dark is still exciting for them (they are only 5), then went in for bedtime duties.
I went back out later on, started out with Jupiter and realised that the seeing was actually pretty good, despite being the first clear night in ages. Lots of detail and I could see one moon (Io) was near the limb, so decided to check that out again later. Ran through: NGC 6337, M16, M17, M25, M20, M8, M22, NGC 6522 & 6528, NGC 6520 & Barnard 86. Then decided to check out Jupiter again, but decided to have another go at Antares. It's been a challenge since I got the scope (18 months ago), and I've never split it yet in about 15+ times of trying. Last time there was a hint, but it could have been imaginary. Well, tonight, I did it! Antares, was flaring around a bit, but for about 50% of the time I could clearly see it's much fainter companion with a distinct gap between the two!!!
I spent about 10 minutes watching it just to convince myself it was real. Then I finished with Jupiter, and the detail was incrediable, I couldn't have counted the bands and the fine detail, plus of course Io was transiting and the shadow was absolutely pin sharp at 200x.
So I'm pumped now! I hope you Swan Hill and Broken Hill folks had the same seeing I did.