I am vacationing with the family in upstate NY on one of the Finger Lakes. Being short on space in my car, I decided to bring my C80ED, a few lenses and my lowly but very reliable and accurate Nexstar SLT mount. I wasn't expecting much - lately I have been viewing with my new and wonderful Meade 6" SCT. Where I live, the night skies are typically Bortle 5/6 so the little Celestron tends to stay in.
Anyways, I've had two very dark clear nights where I'm staying - maybe Bortle 3.5/4 near as I can tell. To my great surprise I am pulling in a number of DSOs - such as M5, M81 and others - with some good clarity and definition. The double star and wide field views have been really spectacular as expected.
I'm using a 2" GSO dielectric diagonal with the following 1.25" EPS: Tele Vue 26mm & 13mm Plössls, 14mm Meade UWA 5000, 26mm Meade 5000 SW Plössl, and an ES 82 deg 6.7mm. All have worked very well with the scope with the 6.7mm being my least favorite.
I'm pleasantly surprised! Since getting the C80ED it simply has not seen as much viewing time as my two larger SCTs due to my initial at home viewing experiences though it has always been tack sharp with great color correction.
I'm sure others have had this sort of experience. Is there something different I should be trying for my at home viewing? Or are these 80mm scopes simply better suited for dark skies? I read it all the time here - there is no cheating the physics of a given scope...