'Just recently got back from the Rocky Mountain Star Stare. We really only had one full night of clear skies, but my, what skies!
Since the weather forecast looked rather scaly, I just took my 3-1/2 inch Questar, and its three companion Brandons (24mm, 12mm, and 6mm). I've heard stories of Qs getting dissed at such gatherings, but experienced no such treatment. People just left me alone and let me observe (no one wants to look through the smallest scope in the field).
However after my neighbor had put his excellent 20" Starmaster dob to bed for the morning, he wanted to help me find two of his favorite peculiar galaxies, NGCs 7223 and 7229. With the help of an atlas on his computer, we star hopped to the area using the finder and located 7223 clearly visible in all its 11.1 magnitude glory. There were times when, through inverted imagination we thought we almost saw its 12th magnitude friend.
I was pleasantly stunned. I had not thought an 11th mag. galaxy possible with only 3.5 inches of aperture. I just wanted to share. Long live Questar and high desert skies.
An image of the sky (Leica X2, f2.8, ISO 3200 at 15 seconds).