I am lucky i guess because the place i have lived for the last 18+ years has the best dark skies of anywhere i have ever lived. I would maybe feel different if i had light polluted skies. I was devoted to the hobby as a kid but took a long break from it until my kids were in college. Our son played travel hockey and our daughter was a figure skater so Robin and i literally spent every weekend for years at ice rinks.
Since the early 90's i've been all in with the hobby. I have friends who were bigtime observers more than me and they got bored with the hobby but its never happend to me. I appreciate scopes but i love observing and outreach the most.
Its already been suggested but dark skies really can rekindle the passion. Amateurs are a small group to begin with, as "Badger" Bob Johnson legendary hockey coach for the University of Wisconsin is famous for saying "It's a great day for hockey" its always a "great night for astronomy" as long as its clear.
Wickenburg! I'm in Payson. Biggest problem here is my home location, top of a hill. Many have suggested I put my scope on a dolly, which, given the slant of our driveway, would make for an AFV classic. Also, it would be expensive. The good news is that the local dump is not far away. I would not have to worry about either of my larger scopes ever again. At the moment, I'm working on downsizing, trying to get out as often as I can. Haze is pretty bad right now (dust, fire)...but better later in the evening if dust settles. I find that I favor my smaller scopes and binos (too many binos!). What sidelined me(mid 2000's) was cataracts. They've been fixed for a while now, so I'm back. Glad to make your acquaintance. Lots of us "night people" in AZ...
Edited by Stevencbradley, 24 April 2021 - 03:31 PM.