@rugby Yes, I also have quite a deal of light pollution, because of living in a suburban area. On moonless nights I can however still see to around magnitude 5 naked eye. At present we have major drought conditions in much of Eastern Australia, so there's more dust in the air than usual; as a result moonlight has more of a brightening effect on the sky background than in periods of normal rain which result in less dust in the air. So around Full Moon I only observe brighter doubles, or planets. The Moonlight kills the dimmer stars too effectively.
In moonless conditions I've seen stars to around magnitude 13.2 with my 140mm refractor. Near Full Moon, these days, magnitude 11 tends to disappear, whereas a few years ago mag 11 was still easy enough with moonlight just by using a higher power, say 200x instead of 100x.
Edited by fred1871, 22 October 2019 - 02:30 AM.