Last week, 3/10/19, I noticed a night sky that for once had the hope of “observable”. It had been a while since I had a decent night, so I decided to go all in for that night. Normally under these circumstances I would use my Grab and Go scope, my 80mm F7.5 APO. It’s a real easy setup so I’m not risking much I’m lost time if the sky doesn’t cooperate. But with a hope of a decent sky, I took out an old friend, my Orion Intelliscope 8” F6 DOB. This was the second scope u purchased and the first with significant apperature. I bought it when Orion cameb out with the intelliscope. Being one of the first orders in I think 2003, the scope is 16 years old. I have had many a great night with that scope. It’s only had a few significant upgrades: The original focuser was a 2” rack and pinion. It was OK, but I had trouble with fine focusing. So, I purchased a helinical fine focuser, an insert for my two inch focuser in effect giving me a dual speed focuser. About a year later Orion brought out a replacement Crawford focuser for that scope. I purchased that offering and with the insert gave me a wonderful unit. I also did a little work on the mount itself. I wanted to overcome some of the stickum. Like all DOBs the mounts tend to stick when first moved in the AZ (right to left, left to right) direction. I took out the silicone pad and cleaned them and their contact areas with “Windex”. I then applied a small amount of “Armor All”. I put a lot of pressure on the mount as I rotated it back and forth. This helped overcome a good bit of the stickum. At any rate this was the right choice for thus night. I used my 2” 26mm Meade QX. It delivered a great view of the Orion Neb. My 2omm Meade QX and my 18mm Meade Series 4000 Super Wide Angle provided excellent views at 60 and 66.67 mag. My 9mm and 5.5mm Series 5000 plossls were gave me a wonderful views. I was able to get a glimpses of M43 and 78. Plus I enjoyed skimming the Milky Way. The 8” reflector was able to provide the power necessary to view all the objects at high mag without distortion. The detail provided was top notch. From edge to edge no noticeable distortion. The mount easily moved in all directions while the focusing was effortlessly smooth. I don’t like to go on, but this was a memorable night.