The growing dilema in amateur astronomy is light pollution and other related sources. In the mid city, forget about all of the NGC’s or IC’s you’ll be lucky to see all of the Messiers. I have faced this problem everytime I go out with my telescope. The LA county fair is in full swing right now, and that pretty much rules out the entire southern sky.
I don’t have any problem with the fair, it’s just that it turns an already not transparent sky into something that can’t be described without seeing it firsthand. If you live far away in the country, you don’t have much problem with this.
Anyway, I am finishing up the Mesier project, 70 objects are very close now! I need only about 15 more Messiers, but this is hardly any compared to how many I have observed. Pretty much all of these were observed in town, in badly polluted skies. Before going out with the telescope, I look at the color of the daytime sky. If it is a deep blue, it will be a decent night. However, if it is pale blue and the area above the horizon is a dirty smog color, it will not be worth going out for deep sky. I have been limited to planets and the moon on nights like that.
I can’t wait to see dark skies, even acceptably dark sites like Mount Baldy are well worth the trip. By the way, the blog appearence and theme has been changing a lot lately and I have finally found a look that I am satisfied with. I haven’t observed too much as school is really in full swing now. I have also been blogging less, like one to two posts a week.
If you ever get the chance to pull the trigger on one of Astro league, programs, it is HIGHLY reccomended you start one. Mesier one is awesome for learning and taking notes on these bright and detailed astronomical objects.