After saving up some money, and getting a new *well* paying job, I was able to purchase for myself my first real telescope (not counting my old, childhood junker.) As such, I have been trying to find some more companions in this hobby. I recently joined the local Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, and have been doing all sorts of reading and research. As for my astronomy background, it has been an interest of mine since childhood. In college I completed a small 3 course thematic sequence on astronomy, but it simply covered the history, future, and physics of astronomy, there was no observation included.
Anyhow, since CPs are also a huge hobby of mine, I thought I would come here and see if there were any other amateur astronomers, budding or seasoned. So far we've only had incredibly cloudy nights here in Cleveland, and since receiving my telescope two weeks ago, I've only had one good hour under the stars. I've already ordered a nice light pollution (Orion Ultrablock) filter to combat the Cleveland light pollution, but haven't had a chance to use it yet. Darn weather. What telescopes do any of you have? How long have you been in the hobby? What are some things that you like to observe the most? My telescope is the Orion Skyview Pro 120mm Achromatic refractor. So far I've only been able to view the Orion Nebula M42, and the Pleides M45. I'm hoping to catch some good views of some planets and the moon once the weather clears and summer arrives!