Originally Posted by mithrandir
.........You might ask Peter Ward for his observations..........
I've seen way too many stars ( and sun-rises ) in the one night
The rather thick triplex laminated screens we have up front does not help, but the limiting magnitude on a dark night is easily 6.5.
Also, stars (more than about 5 degrees above the horizon) don't twinkle at altitude.
Meteoric activity is very easy to spot, and I am sure I've seen more than one cosmic ray light up my retina (they look like faint, star-like flashes )
The coolest sight I have seen at night are blue jets that flash toward the zenith at the top of extremely active thunderstorms....very rare...(youtube link here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xVThAFfP0E
) .... I should try to photograph it with a decent camera before I retire.
Attached is a point-and-shoot image of Orion I took somewhere over Europe.