Originally Posted by OrangePower
The worst for me is twilight after sunset, when the lights are on but there is also some lingering natural light. There is about a 30 min period where I really struggle seeing the ball.
OP, this isn't your imagination. Dusk is the period when neither the rods or cones in your eyes are working 100%.
Dusk is the toughest time for anyone. Aerospace physiologists make it a point to educate this point to pilots.
Probably way too much info but here you go.
Read the part about Mesopic Vision