I've sort of been hanging out here for a while to see
what it is all about. I think that the time has come to jump in, so
I'm 51 years old and live in Killeen, TX. I have been
interested in astronomy most of my life. However, only recently have I actually
done anything about it. Last year, when Hale-Bopp was very visible, I got
a 60mm refractor at a local pawn shop. I used it to observe the comet,
moon and planets. I even observed M-31 with it. However, I soon realized
that I had pretty much reached it's limit, so I saved up and ordered a
6" Orion dob. I had to wait several months for delivery but it just
arrived and was worth the wait.
There is a fair amount of light pollution,
but since I live on the NE edge of town, I have pretty good viewing to
the north and east. South and west is where most of the glare comes in,
especially to the west.
Well, that's about it. I'll post some observing
logs soon, weather permitting.
William L. Schart
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