This video here made me remember the last time I looked into a telescope. It was a Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and I believe I looked at Venus...although I cannot really remember what exactly I saw. I definitely saw something bright in the sky though.
Anyway, this video talks about how city-folk (like me) are losing the ability to see the night sky. Light pollution from cities and the constant barrage of electronics means that even when we are presented with a dark sky, our eyes take much longer to adjust to the darkness than compared to somebody who lives way out in the countryside.