Like so many amateur astronomers, I’ve always wanted to have my own permanent observatory. Of course, we would all like to have one on top of Mauna Kea but the real world intervenes and we must make compromises. So mine is in my backyard in the middle of the San Francisco Bay Area’s huge light dome. Well actually, at the edge of it; I’m located in the hills between the ocean and the bay so there’s no city to the west of me and little to the south. But my house and my neighbors’ trees block some of my horizon. Not perfect but good enough.
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