I live just outside of Philadelphia, so I deal with the same conditions, if not worse. And yes, in ain’t pretty.
One of the reasons to get a high quality optic is because they perform better in ALL types of seeing.
And average optic adds aberrations to those already in the seeing. A really excellent optic does not add additional aberrations. It’s the same reason you want a good diagonal and good eyepieces.
The below is “just an example” but here is what Roland Christen has to say…
“The real test of a good optic versus a mediocre one is that the (planetary) image will stay relatively unaffected by “small” distortions in the upper atmosphere. If the optic is essentially perfect, and you add 1/4 wave of atmospheric disturbance, you will still be essentially diffraction limited.
“If, however, the optic already is degraded by surface errors to ¼ wave, and then you add another 1/4 wave of atmospheric disturbance, the resultant image will not be diffraction limited, and detail will be much more degraded. If the seeing is 1/2 wave and the scope is ½ wave, then you will see almost nothing.”
As far as deep sky observing in heavy light pollution. Try EAA. A $300 video camera will amaze you. The more expensive, but the, as-easy-to-use-as-an-eyepiece, Image Intensifiers will also amaze. With my intensifier, I can see the Horse Head Nebula with a 120mm refractor any clear night, and I’m 8 miles from Philadelphia!
I like yard bomb and those mosquito repellent fans. They seem to be pretty effective.
So there are solutions. Keep your chin up!
Thanks Bob, that’s very good information and makes a lot of sense.
That is amazing, seeing the horse head from around here! I heard EAA opens a whole new experience and your experience proves it!
Thanks again! Some good news and something for me to strive for!