"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry."
It's easy for me to be overwhelmed by the terms, numbers and scope of astronomy. For some reason, my head just doesn't grasp it well. But, I love the stars no less than this astronomer painstakingly dialing in his telescope equipment for a night of deep space viewing. In this 30 second moment, our joy of the night sky overlaps as he meticulously arranges his equipment and I meticulously look for an angle to capture this scene, and the sky joins in with a burning Perseids Meteor across the sky. I take comfort knowing that we both will follow our passion of the night sky in different directions and in the end- we'll all be better because of that difference, rather than us both trying to do the same thing marginally halfway.
For Portlands, tonight's weather isn't looking good for stargazing- but Monday night is shaping up nicely for a clear night! For close-to-town viewing, I highly recommend joining an Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) location at Rooster Rock for east folks or Stub Stewart for westies. I'd expect to see some telescopes setup open for anyone to stop by and check out. Should be fun!
And for a general Perseids viewing guide, Phil Plait is the man with this writeup: