In the photo I have two location options.
A) Southeast corner of the shop off the back porch. Easy electrical access, covered concrete back porch for chair, laptop, heater, etc. View of sky would lack anything in the north. East and west would have about a 20 degree limitation as would the south. No polar star access.
B) at the west end of a current grapevine (the grey line going east-west in the middle of the yard. I would place the pier about 3 feet toward the house in line with the grapevine posts to limit the visual impact on the yard. It is about 30 feet from the shop. Electrical access harder but not insurmountable. Further away from the back porch. Sky view by compass degrees is 0-90 degree with about 50 degree tree restriction, 90-290 about 25 degree tree horizon, 290-0 about 70 degree horizon due to the shop.
As for the wife the "A" location would be less intrusive.
If I place it at location "A" will I really be missing many backyard, redzone targets in the Northern sky that would make site "B" worth the distance?
Since I have yet to see a full year of astronomy I don't have a good feel for different AP targets that will scroll across the sky in their celestial dance.