I have a Meade 114NG Telescope. Last night, I easily saw the beehive cluster (M44) from a light polluted backyard. What other DSOs do you think I should look at and see live in my eyepiece?
Some easy deep sky objects you should try,
- Omega Centauri
- Orion Nebula
- M57 (the only planetary nebula you have a chance of seeing from a moderately light polluted sky)
- M6 & M7
Moderate (requires darker skies)
- M8, M17, M18, M20.... (basically the Sagittarius Area and star cloud)
- $h$ Persei and $\chi$ Persei
How light polluted are you?
As a general rule, here are the objects that are easiest to see in light polluted skies, in order:
- The Moon
- Bright stars
- Globular clusters
- Bright nebulas such as Orion
- Bright galaxies like M-51 or Andromeda
I have successfully imaged most of the Messier catalog objects from a white zone with an 8" telescope.
Forget about faint nebulas. They'll be washed out in the sky glow. If you are looking visually, with your scope you should get decent views of Orion. Many globular clusters should be visible, but in a small scope they will look like faint smudges. Andromeda should be a decent target as well.
One issue is finding these targets. Star-hopping is very hard in a very light polluted area, so a goto telescope is a big help.