Well I apologise to the moderators in advance if this particular thread is not the most ideal fit in the equipment section in the forums however I was struggling to find a good fit so to speak in other sections of CN.
well firstly I’m sure a lot of my fellow members have been down this road once or twice in there amateur Astronomy adventures maybe once or twice or even more perhaps!?however I can assure you amateur Astronomy is in my DNA and once you have dabbled your toes in the water it’s very hard literally not to jump into the deep end which truly this fascinating hobby can bring not just on our ambitious goals perspective and out look of the cosmos um!? Our wallets also.which is safe to say a lot of us follow the same trend.
I had from a very young age of 13 no change there then a fascination anything related around space and instead of drawing portraits in my art class I was drawing telescopes and space ships so safe to say I didn’t pass my art exsam so over the last couple of years or so I decided to ignite the flare and passion again associated around Astronomy and admittedly between the ages of 13-47 untill which I am now I have always been interested and knew deep down one day I will come back to the hobby and I have dabbled now and again inbetween that time frame however not quite as serious as I am now.
So untill now which is more recent don,t you find guys firstly how strange things sometimes can work out slighty later in life you can finally afford this dream scope without selling a kidney or literally being in debt of the rest of your life only to find out either your health deteriorates in some shape or form or life’s circumstances suddenly change without any true reasonings and basically happens more unless over night out of your control that’s myself at present kind of left in limbo mode struggling what the best route of call is to undertake (that’s just life I guess).
So due to personal issues circumstances etc which I will not go into I can no longer really observe from my current location now which happens to be my mothers house,the sky conditions have never been great a class 6 on the bortale scale however in the scheme of things you just have to make do at times as something is better than nothing.And recently on top of all this my scope packed up after just owning in 2 years and took around 6 mths or so to have repaired then once received still not working again.so after some initial research and self diagnosis I managed to get the scope back up and running again.
So most recently I decided to put my thinking cap on with very little success so far,apart from living in the uk and having a very un predictable climate clear sky’s are far and few between anyway and any clear sky’s are very much appreciated which comes my way.So initially I decided to try and find a more rural observing location which I could possibly stay or rent a very small plot of land which I would supply myself in a small cabin or hut which I could sleep in on rare occasions however the trade of would be more quality sky conditions however less observing however in my eyes would definitely be worth doing for 1-3 over night stays when I can.
well finding a very small plot of land only approximately 8x6ft in dimensions is no easy task even to rent on a temporary basis it seems however it’s definitely not from the lack of trying!?.we have in the uk organisations such as the national trust,woodland trust un spoiled green zones in lovely country side away from heavy light pollution thay couldn’t help due to by laws etc even if I became and member or volunteered my services in exchange for a tiny plot of land.ive contacted holiday parks,my local counsel,an President of all the uk Astronomical society’s of the uk with little success.cold called hosts of air b@b in trying to share my passion an enthusiasm and insight which this hobby can bring which eventually I could do outreach to the local community to folks who have mental disorders and long term illness etc,as a last resort I even advertised on uk Astrobuyandsell with a polite notice in my requirements.
So it’s come to the point now I’ve truly had enough as it’s a hobby at the end of the day even tho a way of life for most of us however when every direction is exhausted I’m struggling to find a resolution now so for now I’m considering in sellling all my kit as cannot justify collecting dust even more so and never being used and maybe in a few years time I will consider purchasing a piece of land and eventually which I can call my own.
Edited by Supernova74, 24 June 2021 - 03:54 PM.