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    Default Hello astronomers :)



    Hello! I don't usually do this forum introduction thing, but eh, entertaining myself I guess. I grew up in southern Illinois and then moved a few miles outside of Springfield, Missouri here a few months back. In one week though I will be on a plane to Hegang, Heilongjiang, China! It's just south of the Siberian border and I will be living there for a year Hopefully I will get to see a aurora borealis! I hope whenever I get back I will have enough spare money saved to get myself a 8" dobsonian with binoviewers.

    I think I first took real notice of the night sky when I was about 10 years old. My dad was very excited about this newly discovered comet that was coming and he really wanted me to see it. So I remember he kept dragging me out night after night to view this object looming in the darkness; and night after night, the comet Hale-Bopp just kept getting brighter. This huge fireball just kind of sat there and glowed in the serene night sky; it's surreal to think back on it now, but I remember it vividly. I really appreciate my dad for showing me such great things.

    I never did focus too much on astronomy growing up. But that change about half a year ago. I got a sudden interest in astronomy, so I just started reading more and more about it. I ended up standing out in the front yard in the middle of the night with a pair of binoculars viewing the faint glow from Andromeda galaxy, the moons of Jupiter, nebulae of Orion, and Pleiades cluster; I was simply awe struck. Now I am impatient to get myself a dobsonin and study the night sky. There is so much to learn. Astronomy really is a beautiful thing.
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    Welcome to the forum, and good fortunes for your trip to Siberia.

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    hi and welcome to the forums.
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    How awesome would it be to bring a Dob out there?

    The path that brings us to this great hobby is one of self discovery more than anything I think... I never feel so small, yet so uniquely aware of myself, as when I'm doing astronomy. I remember my first time seeing Saturn through a telescope (looked like a little orange cutout stuck to the end of the scope) when I was a younger lad, which eventually led me back to the hobby. Thanks to the internet, the hobby has become a glorious obsession. I think you'll be on the same path. We welcome you with open arms
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