I'm fairly familiar with the night sky. I've loved astronomy all my life. Before I knew standard names, I made up names -- like "Jewel Box" for the Pleiades.
When I lived in Los Angeles, my eyes were pretty damn good -- I spotted Uranus by naked eye observation, but it wavered in and out of visibility. I was even able to make out the Andromeda (M31) galaxy on an exceptionally clear, L.A. night.
The first star party I was ever on -- at the northern edge of L.A. county -- the stars were so thick, I couldn't recognize the constellations. But I didn't mind.
Now, I live in the Philippines and often enough see stars I'd never been able to see from the States -- especially Alpha Centauri, next door.
I love astronomy so much, I created a 3D astronomy software program called "Stars in the NeighborHood" which is sold online, and my flagship website, AncientSuns.com, is dedicated to astronomy.