Vic, that telescope sounds great :)
I don't get to go away from the city all that much but I find that sitting outside with a nice monocular, laying back and looking up lets me see not only way more stars, but I usually see at least one meteor in any fifteen minute period... Keep in mind that this is usually around 10pm and it's in the city, but if the night is good, it's quite enjoyable.
And that's without a telescope.
I still have to make myself up an eyepiece for my telescope and then I'll leave it out in the country where my farm is... Though I think I have about the cheapest telescope available.
There are some people who claim to see all kinds of stuff when laying outside but when you look up with a NVD for any length of time, you'll be surprised at how busy the sky is. Especially out in the middle of nowhere.