I'm in a Red zone light pollution in a typical suburban neighborhood. I observe from my backyard and have no direct lighting hitting me. I also have no one living behind me, but I face east where there is a light dome from a city 20 miles away. I always wait for objects rising in the east to get at least 30* above the horizon. On a very good night my NELM is about magnitude 4.5 at zenith.
So that's my situation and my question is about seeing some brighter galaxies brighter than magnitude 10 in my 4" refractor. My C102 is my main grab 'n go scope when I don't want to set up my other 8-10" scopes. I have a back issue and I figure observing with a 4" scope is better than no scope! So my first target would be some of the galaxies in Leo and then over to Virgo. Starting out with Leo high in the sky, I wonder if I can make out some of the Leo triplets and others just below the star, Chertan. They have a mag. around 9.5 and are no too far from the brighter stars in the tail. I figure I just need to center one in the 8x50 finder and look about 5 degrees below. I would be starting OUT with a 20mm SWA 68* (50x) and if I spot a fuzz ball, move up to my 13mm 82* (80x).
So all, I know galaxies need dark skies, but for now, my backyard will hve to do. So, do I have a good chance, or just wait until I use a bigger scope?