I don't often spend much time stargazing. Winter is too cold for standing around outside. In summer, by the time it gets dark, it's bed-time. But in September, it's both warm and dark, so one can stick around and look. The sunset, the stars, the crickets, the trees -- I love sitting out on my balcony in the evening. It's one of the best things about my life here.
Another nice thing is weekend mornings drinking coffee and reading by a sunny window.