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When I lived in Massachusetts, I enjoyed an amateur astronomy hobby. At night, I could walk out to my central Mass backyard and easily see the Milky Way. And that was without any dark adaptation.

I sold all my astronomy gear (an SPC-8 with the de rigueur slew of stuff) after moving to Seattle. The sky quality I had in my Massachusetts backyard was now at least 30 minutes away by car. This increased hassle factor, and some other personal matters, made jettisoning the hobby the right call. There are probably billions of dollars of telescopes, microscopes, boating gear, camping gear, fitness machines, etc. in America’s attics, and I’ve never been inclined to add to the collection. I’m a big believer in discarding or selling something if I haven’t used it in the past year – or don’t intend to in the coming year.

Well… The astronomy bug resurfaced in May! I don’t know why, but it did. And I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

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