|So I was able to do some observing since I collimated my telescope. It sucked. My telescope is simply a cheap scope. It does not have the proper precision components necessary for perfect alignment of the mirrors, but it's as close as it's going to get.
I can definitely see the bands on Jupiter, but the entire right side of the planet has always been somewhat smudged. I'm content knowing that it's all my small 6" f/3 (simulated f/6 via a Barlow built into the focuser) can handle.
So I still had a good night of observation though. I'm on the track to seeing as many Messier and NGC objects as I can.
It was another fun evening of hunting for things I've never seen before, and this night I had some success.
M92 - Globular Cluster
Found it! Used my star chart (printed from Starry Night Enthusiatst - a killer app) and now I know exactly where it is. After more observation I tried to find it again and went straight to it. Cool. In my 6" telescope, it wasn't anything more than a fuzzball against the black sky, but it was cool to me.
M53 - Globular Cluster
Found it! Again, the starchart printed from SNE guided me, but I definitely know where to locate this object now. Another fuzzball with no real definition to my untrained eye. Still very cool though.
M90 - Galaxy
This was not an impressive sight by any stretch, but sill cool that I could find it, and actually see it with my own eyes and in my own scope. It wasn't much more than a small smudge in the eyepiece.
M3 - Globular Cluster
They say that this one is bright and easy to find. Well, I looked for an hour (at least) for this thing and couldn't find it. I'll try again though.