February 8, 2009
A fairly experienced amateur, but still looking to increase my observing skill and improve my theoretical knowledge.
Almost everything - history, learning about the origins and ultimate destiny of the universe, all of the fascinating objects we can see, and the joy and beauty of being out in nature - just people, a telescope, and the universe. And, as much as anything else, all the awesome people who share these pursuits.
I've been a member of the WAS since 2007, though I first attended an event in 2002. I'm currently the president and the webmaster. Please feel free to ask me anything!
It's a skilled, talented, well-informed, and unfailingly entertaining bunch of people who have a lot of information and experience to share. There's enough diversity of background and knowledge that anybody can fit right in. And the observing! There's just no experience like seeing Saturn for the first time - or giving somebody their first look at a wonderful celestial object.