What I find confusing is when someone post.," New guy here.,got my scope.,what's next".,.And they live in borte 8 skies.,What got someone living in such light polluted skies interested in astronomy in the first place?..,To each his own I guess.,lol.,
In my experience, most people's interest in astronomy starts out with abstractions, which they then try to turn into direct experience. For instance, many people of my generation became interested in astronomy due to the space program of the 1960s. My own interest was piqued largely by book-learning. Like many boys, I was fascinated by dinosaurs, whales, and planets -- despite never having met a dinosaur or a whale.
Given that many if not most people's interest starts with our solar system, people who live in cities and suburbs are at no disadvantage at all, since the Moon and planets are every bit as visible -- both to the unaided eye and through a telescope -- in cities and suburbs as anywhere else.
It's tougher to learn practical astronomy in cities and suburbs, but so what? Adversity makes us stronger. After all, the poster of the question above lives in western Maine, which is completely blanketed by trees -- are a far bigger obstacle to astronomy than lights are. Someone from the desert West might well ask "What got someone living in the forest interested in astronomy in the first place?"