Finally some decent but cold weather so I could take my new ES 12" Truss for a spin. Love the compact design...easy to assemble...and collimate. Observed the moon for a bit last night...and the amount of detail compared to my SW 8" is stunning. Took a number of pics with my Pixel smartphone. Here is one I am posting. This pic was taken with my smartphone handheld to a Astro-Tech Dual ED Pardigm 12 mm eyepiece.
Found a 2 burner grill cover at Amazon that works great to cover the scope at night (much much less expensive than a Scope cover). Then I braved 16 degree F temps at 4:30 am to observe M13 globular cluster...with my 12 mm eyepiece the pin **** stars were just stunning! My 8" would not detail the individual stars...just a fuzzy haze! Can't wait for warmer temps (and avoid frostbite) to spend lots of time outdoors with my ES-12!