Hi: I have been in the hobby for 18 years. Yet, I have not joined a site like this for a number of years. Time was my biggest issue. But things are clearing up, and soon I may have time to spare. As an amateur astronomer I prefer objects such as planets and bright DSO. This is probably due to my primary observing site; my front and back yards. However, I have been able to get a lot of observing sessions by using my grab and go scope and binoculars. I am an observer only and enjoy the solitude of a nice night with the stars.