However, there are a lot of open clusters for which some aperture is definitely required, such as this beauty in MON. Its general mag is 8,4 but the majority of the stars range from mag. 10 to 14. Definitely big boy's stuff. Conditions were pretty horrible because although the sky was perfect, there was a lot of humidity in the air left from the rain of the last couple of days (until yesterday afternoon!). Luckily I had my microfibre cloth at hand to wipe the eyepieces when they got too fogged up during the hours I spent behind them. I went in cold to the bone but incredibly happy with the result. I hope you are too.
My best wishes for 2014 to all of you!!!