Is it possible to start a career in science without technical skills in science. e.g Degree, Phd etc. I ask this as someone that is currently working in industrial automation with a great interest in science (particularly astronomy) and wanting to actively contribute to advances in the field. I.e. work in a field that has meaning to me. Not sure if this is just simply to much of a "pie in the sky" idea (not practical or to far out of reach) to think that I could achieve this and would be happy to hear peoples thoughts, opinions and experiences in this regard even if they are that this is not acheivable.