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    Default Greetings from Portland, Oregon



    Hi everybody, I'm Ryan.

    I am 40 years old, returning to astronomy after a 27-year absence. Since retiring from the military a few months ago, I finally have time/energy to have a hobby again! Going to reconnect with my former nerd self.

    Never had a good telescope as a kid (just a shaky Tasco reflector), but knew the constellations, the Messier objects, and most of the basic concepts. Recently bought 20x80 binos and tripod from Orion, and, now that I am re-entering the hobby with grown-up money, I look forward to buying a telescope. Currently reading the introductory part of Burnham's Celestial Handbook, which I used to own as a teenager. Also, just joined my local astronomy club.

    I am a full-time student at Portland State University, where I should finish my BA in English next year, then apply for the MFA program in creative nonfiction writing. Currently on summer break.

    During my 20-year Army career, I was first a military policeman (8 years), then a warrant officer and UH-60 helicopter pilot/instructor in medevac units (12 years). Served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Germany, Egypt, and lots of other places.

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    Default Re: Greetings from Portland, Oregon

    Hi Ryan! Welcome to the forum and thanks for the great introduction. And most especially, thank you very much for your service, sir!

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    Default Re: Greetings from Portland, Oregon

    Welcome. Nice intro.
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    Thanks and thanks, Bryan. I wish I'd had a forum like this when I was a clueless 13-year-old who didn't know his zenith from his nadir. Looking forward to picking everyone's brains.

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    Thanks, Skybird. Nice to be here.

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    Default Re: Greetings from Portland, Oregon

    Hello and Welcome, Ryan!
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    Thanks, Dave.

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    Hello and welcome to the forum my fellow Oregonian!
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    Default Re: Greetings from Portland, Oregon

    Hi Ryan,

    Welcome from a former Portlander (just left 2 months ago). Do join the Rose City Astronomers (RCA) they are a very worthy and worthwhile group, one of the most active clubs in the country. Plus the expertise contained within that club is second to none. Do take advantage of their telescope library as it is extensive and will definitely help you narrow in on what type of scope best fits you.

    Cheers and good luck on your new re-found hobby,
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    Thanks, Leveye. I'll drink to that.
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