I've had a telescope for a few years. I know pretty basic stuff - and I can easily find planets when they are in the sky (mostly because I know Venus is around sunrise/sunset, and Jupiter & Saturn are non-twinkling bright objects in the sky). I know a few constellations - Cassiopeia, Orion, Ursa Major, etc. Bright ones of course. In the last few days I have attempted to find M31 in the sky to no avail. I live in the suburbs of Saint Louis and I have been able to see objects, that I know the location of, of similar magnitude to M31. I use Stellarium and I know M31 is up and around but I cannot for the life of me navigate the sky. Unfortunately the excess light pollution has made it difficult for me to recognize other constellations. I feel like I may have passed up M31 when scanning the sky because it would only look like a smeared star in the telescope... I use Celestron NexStar 6SE. It has an AutoAlign feature in it but ever since I bought it I have never been able to get it to work. Although at this point I wish I had picked up a huge Dobsonian because I never use the electronic features and I would have rather paid the extra $$ for more aperture/resolution than a useless autoalign feature. Maybe I'm using it wrong; Though I have attempted it many times over the last few years. Also doesn't help I'm surrounded by trees! The moon and the planets look wonderful in it. I've peered at the Orion Nebula when I had taken a trip to an area with less light pollution.I've been sort of bored lately because the planets don't come out in the Fall, at least not until very early morning and I don't really want to get up for that. For anyone else living in central USA and in large cities - what have you been looking at lately? Also - out of curiosity, with my 6 inch telescope would I be able to differentiate Uranus from any other star?