Three nights ago, I decided to set up the C9.25 SCT and try for Omega Centauri one last time. I still had the Crayford focuser on resulting in a focal length of about 2525mm.
Moon was down, Seeing average, but transparency was only fair with a lot of reflection brightening the sky - SQM of bout 20.85 - much brighter than I had hoped for.
Well, I was able to see Omega Centauri, but the atmosphere was so thick, I could barely resolve any stars. I swung over to M13, which was better, but still not great. I decided to try M3 since it's closer to Zenith, and things improved a lot, but I was still limited to about 250X
Then I moved to M5, and just as I started to observe the cluster, the sky blackened and became very clear and steady. I quickly grabbed the Leica zoom (with 1.8X Extender for down to 5mm) to see how much I could push the power. I was able to push to the max 500X right away and had room to continue. But the Glob was filling the 75o AFoV view and I needed more field size. So, I grabbed the 4.7X Ethos and went to 540X at 0.2 degrees TFoV and what an image it was. I have never seen so many resolved stars in any globular. M5 was in its glory. I spent 20 minutes staring at that amazing image.
Then I decided to try for 630X using the 10mm Ethos and 2.5X Barlow when it happened. Dew came crashing down and wet-out the corrector, my papers and me. Yep, that's southwest Florida in the wet season. I'm always ready for this so all my gear is protected. I was using a dew shield, but did not have my heater plugged in.
It was late so I packed it up, still very happy that I had the best view of M5 in my life that night.
I hope your nights go as well.