I am an amateur astronomer in San Francisco Bay Area.
My interest in the Astronomy began when I was a boy (in China). I learned all major constellations, observed Solar and Lunar eclipse, meteor showers and comets with naked eyes. I received my first telescope (80mm refactor) in my middle school, with which I studied the Moon and some bright deep sky objects. I was so thrilled on the day when I got it, though the quality of the telescope was not good even then. I used it almost on every clear night, even on bitter winter.
I re-allocated to US in 2000. Here I found that being an amateur could not be happier: easy transportation to dark site, cleaner air with more clear sky (except marine layer), more choices of affordable telescope/imaging equipments, and easy to obtain resources.
I acquired an Orion XT 10″ DOB to continue visual observation of deep sky objects, including Messier and Herschel list (~1000 objects), carbon stars, double stars, comets and asteroids. I also started my imaging journey recently, where I am still considering myself as a beginner. You can find some of the images that I captured and processed in this blog, as well as major astro events that I have been to.