I've been interested in astronomy for nearly 60 years, growing up under the the dark skies of North Norfolk. My parents moved to Oxfordshire when I was 13, then to Surrey a few years later where I remained for nearly 50 years, so I've spent most of adult life living in much more light polluted locations. The poorer night skies combined with work and family commitments resulted in my astronomy activities being very much on the back burner until I took early retirement a few years ago. Since 2016 I'm now living back in Norfolk with my wife of 46 years and I'm getting back to astronomy with a vengence. Primarily imaging from my own ROR observatory, I also enjoy some visual observing especially when the skies or wind make imaging impossible. I particularly enjoy planetary imaging, which is currently something of a challenge from the UK, but I also like to go after DSOs with my current focus being to collect as many from the Messier list as is possible from my location. My Messier collection so far stands at 103/110, some of which are very poor quality taken from LP Surrey, so I will also be looking to replace those with better versions from the much darker Norfolk skies. I am beginning to run out of Messier targets that are easily accesbile from my location in order to complete the list, so that may never happen, but I'll keep trying and continue to get better versions of those that I do have.
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