Posted 29 July 2014 - 02:07 PM
Bremms, Dave, nice to hear and see the old ones get so much of attention.
I was showing the sky to my family in Telementor two weeks ago. Saturn, few doubles and few bright Messier objects to demonstrate different types of objects in the universe (M13, M11, M57, M17, M27, M31). I added Veil nebula as an example of SNR. I had just two eyepieces, 53mm Plossl (16x) and 10mm ortho (84x).
Telementor was providing very nice views (partly because of much better sky in the place where my relatives lives). My (older) nephew started to me to described numerous stars he was seeing in the outer parts of M13 at 84x even before I told him what is the object he was looking at. I should have been alerted already by this.
But imagine my surprise, when he started to talk about nearby star close to the ring of M57. This was just after few seconds of peek. After few questions of mine about distance and position, it was clear that he could see 13.0 magnitude star just east of the ring. I could not see it that night at all, with all my experience (I saw it in Telementor only once after quite some effort...), he was seeing it on the first glance and even noticing it before he knew it was there. I wish I have his eyes!
BTW, the most tough object of that evening, the eastern part of Veil nebula, was visible also for the nephew's young daughter. Small refractors are definitely no slouches and they can provide nice views even folks not touched by astronomy.