I am now a member of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club, which has an observatory near Kershaw, South Carolina. The Gayle H. Riggsbee Observatory (GHRO for short) has several member pads, along with a good variety of telescopes for club members.
The skies here aren’t Arizona or New Mexico dark, but it is considerably darker than my yard. I can actually see the Milky Way band with my “getting older” eyes. I took a trek out there with my tripod, Nikon D5500, and my iOptron SkyTracker Pro. Mine was red, not sure when it changed to black.
It was pretty funny sitting out there at their biggest star party of the year. There I was, with my card table, tripod, and teeny little tracker. Surrounded by various mounts, including a Celestron AVX, an Orion Atlas, and a Paramount MyT. The club also has a very nice selection of telescopes- I will throw a few in the gallery, below.
My first night out there with this was very productive for me- I got my first decent image which you can see below
I went back a couple of weeks later and tried something that I could never accomplish imaging from home: Capture Andromeda (M31) (widefield and cropped):
I was very pleased. In all actuality, these couple of nights showed me that I was actually capable of doing this!