(IAAC) Fellow Orion user

Hi Penny,

     My name is Brad and I live in Fort Collins, Colorado.  I was reading
some of the IAAC archives and noticed that you have an Orion 8" DSE.  I
recently purchased the 10" DSE and was very pleased to hear that you have
been able to pick out some of the deep sky objects I'm wanting to see.  I've
been desperately searching for galaxies in the Virgo cluster and also M81/82
recently, but to no avail and I was getting nervous that maybe I bought the
wrong telescope.  I'm thinking now that maybe my problem is just light
pollution.  I live in a city of about 100,000 and deal with several annoying
streetlights on my block.  Do you live in a rural area?  Would I have better
luck if I packed up and headed out of town?  I also have the 26mm Plossel
(sp) eyepiece.  Is this the one I should be using for viewing galaxies like
M81/82?  Any help or advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.