Hi all, I've had an itching lately to dive into something new. Currently, I am a professional computer programmer but have always been interested in astronomy. I took an astronomy course (as well as a lab for it) when I was in college and I remember enjoying it all immensely. I want to get back into it again and maybe even go further with it this time. It's been maybe 6 years+ since I took that course so probably won't remember much. So I probably have to start from scratch again or else I will be lost. I remember it not being all that math-intensive, but I wouldn't mind it one bit (in fact, I enjoy math quite a bit as I am a computer programmer). I have been reading about the differences between astronomy and astrophysics and deciding on which course I should do. I'm leaning towards astronomy since that seems to be closer to what I would like to get into (just more observational in nature and learning more about the universe around us). However, astrophysics also sounds fun as you would get to learn about the physics of the universe which seems fascinating too. I would definitely enjoy the more mathematical side of it if that makes any sense. At the same time though, I fear that it would be too theoretical of a subject that it would feel like all I'm doing is just solving interesting math problems. Am I way off base here? I guess I'm maybe looking for a combination of the two subjects if there is such a thing. I see that some community colleges around me are offering night courses for astronomy but not sure how in-depth it would be (it sounds like they are not lab courses but rather writing courses). Maybe I have to shell out more money for a cooler class at a 4-year university instead? Something else entirely? Thanks for your input!