I haven't been on this section of CN in few years since I had a Discovery 12.5" f/5 split-tube Dob. Now I have downsized to a Orion ST80 due to health issues. But had a chance to see the "Beehive" tonight in my light polluted skies. With a Orion 17mm Sirius Plossl at 23x it was kinda stunning. I don't know how many stars in that cluster, but I'm sure I saw 3 dozen or so.
I remember when I had the 12.5" scope I wheeled it out of the garage and put a Celestron 30mm Ultima in the focuser. It was still twilight and really not expecting anything until I just took a quick look see. Yikes I was looking at M-44 in twilight. Looked like diamonds in a pale blue sky. Not expecting that. What a lucky find without even trying!
Now I have a very portable ST80 and only one eyepiece. It's actually very sharp for a f/5 scope. I never use a finder scope so the ST80 is the finder. I took a wild guess where M-44 was tonight and was immediately rewarded. Wow that made my night.