Trees in my backyard can make positioning for objects quite a task. As was the case with Mars and Regulus on this night. Just above the mountains to the East lied the stellar pair who only had about 30 minutes of visibility left for the night.
Bringing out the scope, Lauren and I placed it on the edge of my neighbors yard. Right at that moment a light came on in their house followed by a flood light in the front yard. I (always being the calm and collected one of the relationship) started to freak out and was motioning and mouthing quietly for Lauren to quickly help me move the telescope across the road (you would have thought they had run out with a shot gun and guard dogs).
After moving the scope back to the edge of another neighbors yard, the eyepiece (to my surprise) revealed Mars and Regulus just barely in the field of view (FOV) of my 25mm plossl. The pair appeared slightly distorted, being on the extreme edge of the FOV, but the white/blue glow of Regulus contrasted sharply with the red glow of Mars. With the FOV of my eyepiece being 1.08 degrees, Mars and Regulus must have been exactly 1 degree from each other at midnight.
Star Log: Midnight, June 6, 2010