I've been interested in astronomy for a very long time. One of my strongest memories is seeing the Milky Way for the first time over Lake Superior at a cabin my parents and I had rented. All the lights were out, and there was hardly any light pollution from anywhere else. The Milky Way was clear as could be, and it nearly floored me.

Looking at the stars can have different effects on people... For some people, it makes them feel small and insignificant, like they are powerless against a cruel universe. For me, though, looking at the stars reminds me of how small my problems are, and how the universe doesn't really deal in "problems" anyway, and how much beauty there really is in the world. Sometimes it's hiding behind annoying cloud cover, but it's still there, waiting.

From 1996 to 2004, I lived in Taiwan. Taiwan is a really cool place for a lot of reasons, but it is also one of the most light-polluted places on Earth. Even in the mountains, you're never really out of the light cloud of the cities. That was one of the reasons I left Taiwan.

My setup

Once I came back to the US and got myself a somewhat-steady income, I decided to get back into astronomy. Eventually, I bought myself an actual telescope. It's crappy, but it does the job. Anyway, here's what I have right now:

Hardware

Other Hardware Resources

There are a lot of other good places to look when thinking about buying a telescope or dealing with the one you've already got:

Index

Software

Index

Books

Index

Galleries

I can't do my own astrophotography (not yet, anyway), but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the hobby. There are some really cool galleries out there, all of which are worth looking at.

Index

Other resources

Here are some other interesting links and useful things.

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