Re: (IAAC) Fellow Orion user
Howdy, Brad, and thanks for writing in!
I'll let Penny answer in her turn - I know she'll have a lot of experience to
share on this one.
But I did want to mention you should DEFINITELY try getting your scope out
under darker skies: the difference in views will astound you. In fact, if you
don't belong to a local club - join one: most clubs will have favorite (more or
less) dark observing sites they can introduce you to.
This is a great help, because one of the most frustrating things with deep-sky
observing is finding viewing spots that are dark enough to meet your ambitions,
but also accessible, seasonable, and safe at the same time.
I guarantee that getting yourself to a truly dark site (and there must be
plenty in Colorado - you're lucky!), and using your 10" and 26mm eyepiece, you
will find M81/82 and the Virgo cluster *FASCINATING*. :)