Two of my astro-buddies, Jeff Cooke and Ray Talylor, camped out t elevation in central Nevada for a few nights around the last New Moon.
It was a smaller, ad hoc get together, unlike our major planned, well-attended dark sky events.
The site is located at 7500 feet and ranges between Bortle 1 and Bortle 2, depending on seasonal forest fires in the distant Sierra Nevadas. It's the kind of site where, f you want light pollution, you have to be the one who generates it.
By day it is hot, dry, harsh, inhospitable and not high on anyone's "want to visit" itinerary list.
Gearwise we had an eclectic mix. Jeff was fielding 15x70s on a Virgo-style p-mount. I fielded Fuji Polaris 10x50s on a UA Binolight plus a C9.25 Edge HD on a Takahashi Temma 2M mount. Ray had a 5" refractor but his main observing platform, with and without a telescope, was his Gen 3 night vision rig. Utterly mind-blowing from the perspective of how much such a device makes accessible to a relatively small aperture instrument.
The point is, we had very good, transparent, dark skies, and great light gathering capability, especially under those incredible skies. To give some context as to "how good" conditions were, in the 9.25" using glass eyepieces rather than the NV, direct vision revealed some structure in the tiny galaxy in the field of M13. Conditions were flawless for visual observing.
My most memorable views for the session, and my favorite instrument of all of those listed, including the techno-marvel night vision device, were my Fuji 10x50s. Though naked NV showed the big gas regions of the Milky Way in detail, with structure, visually, the near-perfectly corrected analog "glass" image of the backbone of night were complex, detailed, awash with stars and non-stellar matter, and the context supplied by the wide FOV compared to any of the other instruments was extremely beautiful for the galactic core so prominent after midnight.
The supreme darkness and transparency allows the modest 50mm of aperture and 10x magnification to nonetheless show significant resolution on all but the dimmest of the Messier globulars. Open clusters were stunning as well. Time and again I found myself standing with the p-mounted Fujis, picking off DSOs in and around the Teapot. M81 and M82 were clearly visible in a single FOV, and M82 even revealed mottling more akin to what I am used to seeing through a 4" or larger scope under suburban conditions.
I've come to regard the 10x50 Fujis as "must haves" for anyone who travels to very dark places to observe. They are durable, elegant in a workmanlike manner, optically well-designed and executed, not light, but likewise, no heavier than they need to be in order to avoid being fragile, weather proof and a reasonable value. Love 'em.