Mars on August 27 2003 with the best seeing that I have encountered in New England for the whole evening.My scope went as high as my eyepieces and barlow allowed. Never will see it like that again I m pretty sure.
Jupiter somewhere in the depths of winter three or four years ago when the jet stream called it a day for about a half an hour.Tremendous detail all around.I especially liked the swirling in the GRS.
M22 at AHSP as well as M33 through my 15" which was thermally right, collimation was spot on, seeing and transparency were good and skies were as good as it gets on the east coast in terms of darkness. My goodness, that was was a heck of a night. binoviewing the Lagoon was pretty epic too.
my first view of the Sombrero in my 15" from a dark site. Comditions were good amd I was floored.
Baxter State Park in northern Maine on one short summer night of very good transparency.Every object was a treat due to the extremely dark skies there. Cant say which was best really as they were all fantastic.
three nights in New Hampshire three years ago with fairly dark skies, decent seeing and really dry transparent air. i think those nights showed how deep,that 15" scope can go.I can remember sweeping through Andromeda, Perseus and Triangulum and seeing faint fuzzies everywhere punctuating the void- not just a few, but many often in the same field of view. pretty much every NGC on my charts was probably evident and then some. Awesome!
There are others like my first OIII view of the Veil in a 17.5"...and even more than that that I cant bring up as I write this.i mentioned in the planetary thread that Mars this last Thursday looked better than I have seen it, in terms of seeing, since my night back in 2003. Did I mention my M42 experience in my 9 mm 100 degree's first dark sky light? that was a doozy too.
Looking at the Scutum star cloud overhead in Costa Rica in binoculars from a really dark site. my buddy was pretty jaded to visual astronomy, but when I handed him the binocs and had him grudgingly look he exclaimed emphatically" holy ****!"
He was spot on in his description:)
I could go on probably.
Edited by aatt, 18 August 2018 - 11:37 PM.