I know, we all preach dark adapting eyes for maximum benefit, but I find sometimes that is not the case. I was out last night and it was very clear and the transparency must have been 5/5. I live in a red zone, the light pollution didn't seem that bad as it normally is for some reason. I spent a lot of time on Orion, Gemini and Auriga. After I was finished I put my gear away in the house and then went out the front door to take out the trash. Looking up I saw Orion and it looked better than before when I was out for an hour and had dark adapted eyes. I mean the stars in Orion and Gemini really stood out against a blacker sky. Everything looked better when I blocked the direct light from the street lights. So my pupil was smaller than before as it closed down to adjust the the lights in the house.
Anyone else feel the same way?