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Welcome to John's Online Astronomy Journal.

I'm back in the saddle after nearly 20 years without a scope (a combination of poverty, light pollution and eye problems). Making up for lost time...

About Me
I'm enjoying revisiting old celestial friends and encountering new ones. I had access to some professional-level equipment while working towards my physics degree (many years ago), but I'm amazed at what's visible with a little backyard scope. It's nice to come home and do some recreational science after a hard day doing real science (I'm a statistician now. I gave up physics because the mathematics was too hard, but I ended up a mathematician anyway).

My main interest at the moment is the Little One, aged 2 1/2 (as of August '05), who is starting to show an intereset ("That's the Moon! It's far away!"). When I have time and energy, I listen to music (jazz and blues, mainly), read (fiction, SF, science, history, politics), cook, and argue.

Favorite Sky Object

Deep-sky objects can be a struggle from my light-polluted Seattle backyard, but I enjoy the challenge. I'm also a double-star fan, but my main interest is the solar system, especially the Moon and Saturn.

Experience: 2-4 Years

Astrophotography: No, I do not take pictures through my telescope

Where I live
Seattle, WA

Comments about where I live
I've lived here since 1993, when I arrived from England. The weather here is no worse. I live a few miles from downtown - it's quite light-polluted, but gets better towards the zenith, and I'm managing to find quite a few deep-sky objects.

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