Apertura AD12 Newtonian/Dobsonian – Aperture 12”/305 mm FL 1525 mm FR F5 Finder 8X50 RACI Apertura Laser collimator, Angle Gauge for ALT coordinates. AZ circle that I integrated into the mount for coordinates Eyepieces used – Agena Astron 38 mm/70 degree AFOV, Explore Scientific 82 6.7 mm Meade UWA 82 degree 5.5mm, Baader Hyperion 8-24 zoom This was my first observing session with the new 12" Dob. Started at Arcturus - tested focusing and aligned finder scope with eyepiece. M3 Globular Cluster– First target. This is a globular cluster I have observed with my Orion XT8i many times. It has always appeared at a gray fuzzy with a somewhat circular shape. I have never been able to resolve any stars or any structure in M3 from my Bortle 8 home location. Using the AltAz coordinates I was able to find it fairly quickly. It was just barely visible in the 8X50 RACI finder. I then moved to the 38 mm/70. Next I went to the BH 8-24 Zoom, 63.5X to 190.6X. I was very pleased to see that I could take the view all the way to the limit of the eyepiece, 190X where I was able to resolve some stars and could see some structure in the cluster, something I had never seen at home before. This was reminiscent of views of M3 that I had at an Bortle 6 location with the 8”. But I could not take the mag any higher than 180X with the 8”. Explore Scientific 6.7 mm 82 degree for 227X. More detail was seen and more individual stars were resolved. I had a hood over my head to block out local light and as my eye adjusted, more detail was revealed. This is higher then I can ever recall taking M3 even at a darker site. Meade 5000 5.5 mm Ultra wide Angle 82 degree for 277X. I was quite surprised that the image was able to accept this much magnification. Additional stars were resolved and the arms of the cluster were easily seen. I did not attempt to go higher. I spent quite a while on this image. I was very pleased. Messier 53 Globular Cluster – Second Target – I have attempted to view M53 from home with the XT8, but to the best of my recollection I was never able to identify it much less see any detail. Tonight I was able to find it and even apply some magnification. I could not see it in the 8X50 RACI so I went to the 38 mm and located the globular cluster. I then went to the BH zoom. I was able to take it up to about 160X but could not resolve any stars or any structure. This was a gray fuzzy, but it was a gray fuzzy that I had never seen from home before. Cloud layer coming in – Around 10 pm - Spent a little time on Polaris, then packed it in. I am very pleased with my first experience with the Apertura AD12. It feels like it took my Bortle 8 site and give me views similar to what I might have seen at a Bortle 6, maybe a Bortle 5 location with the 8”. This was an excellent choice for me. Pleased with my purchase and first experience.