Yesterday I got my new Hardin Optical 12" "Deep Space Hunter" Dobsonian Reflector. This thing is unbelieveable. The name "Deep Space Hunter" is no joke. I can see so much more with this than I can with my 6" Reflector. The sky here is terribly cloudy, but there were some small breaks here and there so I popped outside with my new 12" Dob.
I quickly got a look at a few killer objects:
Awesome. I can use a 4.75mm eyepiece (that is, my 9.5mm and my 2x Barlow) on this bad boy and get a pretty darned crisp image, on a cloudy night! I could not only see the bands in Jupiter, but I could see variations within the bands. If I'm not mistaken (which I could be) I could make out a strange larger portion of one of the bands that could have been the Great Red Spot. I'll look forward to more detail on a clearer night.
M82 - Cigar Galaxy
Amazing. Yes, I went for the killer action. This on-edge galaxy showed me it's dust lane running down it's center. I was thrilled to see it.
M81 - Bode's Galaxy
Wonderful. This was so easy to find in this 12" telescope. Though there was not much detail in this one on this night, it looks very promising for my next clear night.
M13 - Globular Cluster
Incredible. Using a 32mm eyepiece it wasn't much more than a fuzzball, but when using a 16mm eyepiece I could clearly see hundred's of tiny points of light. It was near picture perfect. One of the most incredible sights I have seen to date.