I was able to go to the Mt. Cuba Astron. Obs. on Monday night. Had a
miniature star party(two 'scopes). Saw M45 through a 17.5" reflector
at 100x. O.K. Seemed just as good as in my 6" reflector.
Saw Saturn through a 8" S-C at 50x. O.K. Better in my 'scope.
Saw M57 through the 17.5" reflector at 150x. AWESOME! Was able to
see a "hole" in the ring for the first time! IT WAS BRIGHT! And it
even appeared 3-D! In mine, it looks like a globe at the limit of
Saw Alberio through the 8" S-C at 50x. O.K. Better in my 'scope.
1. I do not recommend a S-C for anything except astrophotography.
2. Light buckets are awesome!