Here's a website that many might find interesting:
(commonly called NSN if you want to Google Night Skies Network)
This is where I hang out when the sun goes down. The backyard astronomers have the ability now to put a video camera on their telescopes and "broadcast" their live image to the internet for others to watch.
You (as a guest) can log in and click to choose whose telescope you'd like to look through. There are usually anywhere from 1 to 5 broadcasters on at a given time, usually shortly after sunset. Several of these guys are professional and lecture on the image being watched. (Yes, they have sound and a text screen for your comments too.)
I used to belong to the local astronomy club years ago and only a few of us even had clock drives on our scopes. We'd stand for hours in the cold and the dark with red-lens flashlights looking at the Messier's star catalogs and then try to find celestial objects by 'star hopping'. It was an accomplishment worth celebrating when you actually found the cluster you were looking for.
On one cold night there were three of us out trying to find the ring nebula in the constellation Lyra. (No easy task in those times) We searched the skies trying to coordinate the time with the viewing angle and had several hours of frustration - although we DID see some other interesting heavenly bodies. Finally we discovered what we'd been looking for and we were elated!
After we'd all gazed at our target, Frank called out to his wife.
"Hey Honey? Come out here. You gotta see this. We've found it!"
So his wife took a quick look through the eyepiece and asked,
"Oh, yeah. I see it. How much longer you guys gonna be out here?"
(Oh well... )
Today the scopes are driven (right ascension / declination) by motors controlled by computer programs. You sit in the comfort of your home and tell the computer what you want the scope to look at and it goes there while you watch on your indoor monitor. And all the people who have logged in can watch too while they discuss their respective interests.
Instead of roughing it outside with cold fingers, now you can sit in the comfort of your living room and gaze to your heart's content
If you're an astronomy buff, you gotta go there and see this. (Great for the kids in your circle too)