My parents got me reflective telescope around 10-11 years back.. unfortunately i havnt been using it as much for the last 3years.. main reason - Light pollution in my neighborhood ruins the view of the night sky.
Heres an interesting TED talk covering the whole light pollution subject.. and its impact on how we view the sky.
TED Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz asks: How often do you see the true beauty of the night sky? At TEDxPhoenix, she shows how light pollution is ruining the extraordinary -- and often ignored -- experience of seeing directly into space.
Lucianne Walkowicz works on NASA's Kepler mission, studying starspots and "the tempestuous tantrums of stellar flares."