Great observation of NGC5053. I was not able to find it in 250mm Dobson from our backyard. I got it so far only with 100mm refractor.
For fun, I tried to tease it into view when I returned to my backyard that same night……no luck, but no outright disappointment either! Having glimpsed it at all made for a fulfilling night, overall.
In the spirit of this thread, I learned a couple things over the years, from personal experience and perusing these very forums:
• Comparison can be truly the death of joy if you fixate on what’s lacking.
• The joy in a small refractor appears to be exactly the same joy one has in a big telescope – an abundance of subtle pleasures – the very essence of amateur astronomy.
From dark sky sites, I enjoy testing the limits of the scope’s light grasp, making these sorts of threshold observations. From home, I will test the limits of resolution – double stars, lunar landscape, and planets – but in both situations, making sure I spend lots of time just enjoying the aesthetics of objects that are readily accessible.