Whenever the discussion turns to fun with small telescopes, my thoughts turn to this one:
Borg 55FL: ƒ4.5
I've had some remarkably good views of the Veil nebula (all of it) with this setup, a 25mm Abbe and an OIII filter.
The "both sides of the Veil" small aperture views, OIII or otherwise, haven't impressed me. I mean yeah they impress in the sense you get to see the whole KABLOOIE that happened out there once upon a time. But the level of resolution/detail in the nebula itself is pretty poor. In the C14 you can only see a fraction of one side of the veil but you can cruise along it using the hand paddle and get totally immersed in the thick ropelike textures. The "Matrix nebula" (I think that's called NGC 6995) is all by itself one of the most amazingly intricate and bedazzling objects in the sky. You need aperture to bring it out. No doubt a 14" f/4.5 would bring out the textures as well or better than my C14 with 2 and a half times the field of view....but there would be an exit pupil loss, which there is not at the 100x views I get in my C14. The 14" Newt could of course also do 100x. I raise the issue because at very wide exit pupils you might get "brightening up" rather than "dimming out" as you raise magnification from a 7 or 8 mm exit pupil to a 4 mm exit pupil (trending towards 100% use of your aperture as your exit pupil matches your eyeball pupil). I should post a question about that somewhere.
In any event these technicalities aside I guess I learned to enjoy the Veil back in the days when I didn't have apos and my preference has stuck with me. I enjoy the refractor views but the big aperture views are preferred for me.
It is not that way with all objects, I might add. I think I enjoy the views of the Ring Nebula at 16x more than I enjoy it "up close and personal" at 250x in the C14. M71, M56--I get most delight from these in a very dark sky in a small aperture. M76, I'll take the C8 or C14 thank you very much.