Alright. Here’s a bit about myself. I’m Demelza Ramakers and live in a small light polluted city in the south of Holland.
My interest in astronomy started in the Himalaya, India, where I was I for a hiking tour. We slept underneath an amazing dark sky, with thousands of sparkling stars. Funny enough, this experience awoke my interest in theoretical astronomy, but not visually.
A few years later I met some other people with the same interest. This was the first time I looked trough a telescope. I remember that I couldn’t believe why there where people that where standing outside in the freezing cold, looking at faint, fuzzy dots in the middle of the night. So I continued reading my books.
A short while after my first acquaintance with the night sky, I went to Turkey with some astrofriends to experience the total solar eclipse. Well, that finally triggered my interest in stargazing! A short while after the eclipse, I bought my first telescope: a 7cm refractor. With this telescope I learnt my way around in that amazingly big sky. For the first time I actually saw the objects I’ve been reading about.
In August 2007 I bought a bigger telescope: a Sky-Watcher 8″ Dobson. This opened my hunt for strange galaxy’s, nebulae and other deepsky objects.
I can’t imaging a live without visual astronomy anymore. Now I’ts my turn to stand in the freezing cold and look at faint, fuzzy dots in the middle of the night!
“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”