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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    I think it happened by way of science fiction......Probably the Twilight Zone and Outer Limits got my attention first, and later, The Jetson's and Star Trek......Popular Science magazines and lusting thru Edmund Scientific catalogs were my first bathroom readers......Chariots of the Gods changed me forever, as if I even needed an excuse....I've always wondered what's "out" there, so I went with whatever might get me "out" there....I'm a late bloomer with a fair amount of imagination....I want to believe....

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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    Nice thread. Two things got me in to space.
    The first was when I was 11 and my granddad (a bit merry) came home from the pub one saturday, sat me down and asked me, "Chris, do you ever think about space?" From then my my mind wondered.
    The second, which happened not long after and truly blew me away was when I saw a Boeing 747 flying over my house and atop it was the Space Shuttle orbiter. Awesome!
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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    I had a couple astronomy books as a child, I liked looking at the pictures of the planets. I got a cheap refactor one Christmas. I viewed the moon with it, and managed to find Jupiter at higher magnification and saw it's moons, that was exciting.
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    Back when I was 10 after going to cottages in the summer I really liked how many stars were visible. I asked for a telescope for Christmas & was super excited over my dept store cheapy(still have it 40+yrs later). I pretty much forgot about it as I grew up with work, family & commitments until recently. Wife & I got our first smartphones about 2yrs ago & one of my first apps was the ISS detector. Later that year we bought a new 30' travel trailer & watching the ISS travel overhead & seeing the stars again made me want to get my 1st real telescope.
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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    Since the 4th grade I loved going to the museum. During one of those weekly trips I found out they had a planetarium and that was it. Unfortunately we couldn't afford a telescope and we moved from the area, and I never went back to the planetarium. Later on during my truck driving career, I stopped on the side of the road in southern Arizona and looked up and was awe strucked by what I saw. I then made it a habit to always stop during my travels and look at the stars. The amount of stars and other celestial things I saw was something that can not be seen in the area I live. Wyoming, Utah, ND, SD, Ore. Neb etc were where some of my best viewing took place. That was a long time ago, then I recently had a chance on a good deal for my scope and here I am!
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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    I was going to say simply reading Sir Patrick Moore's books as a 10-12 year old but the absolute seeds were probably sown even before that.

    Back in the 1950s, packets of loose Brooke Bond Tea would have a collectable "cigarette" type card attached to them. During one year the series was all about space. Line diagrams of the constellations and pictures of the planets. Even today I see the fearsome Orion outline when I gaze at that part of the sky. Magical.

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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    Quite the same path as a few of you guys.

    As a kid in the 60s/70s we had the Apollo series, but at that time I was also lucky in that my dad who was heavily into electronics and radio/television electronics used to take me on regular visits to Jodrell Bank Observatory.

    The treat for my 7th birthday was a full tour of the Lovell Telescope and control room. First time I had ever seen a computer and certainly the first time I had ever been allowed to hit a few buttons and produce miles of punched data tape that the scientists allowed me to keep. (wish I still had them). But the memory of that particular visit will never fade. + it is mighty high looking down when you are only 7.

    This sparked an interest in 'Radio Astronomy' but sadly my dad died a couple of years later.

    Move on in stages, read, read, and read, Sci-Fi, Non-fiction and just about anything....

    And decades later I had a job teaching engineers but using the French Horn Antenna as an aide.

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    Something evidently triggered my old memories.

    Always been fascinated, but now I can use my curiosity to go back in my time.

    And look at the past with a view to the future via my own telescope.

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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    I was very keen on first manned spaceships when I was a kid. I knew the names of astronauts and cosmonauts in every Vostok, Mercury, Gemini, Voshod, Sojuz and Apollo. That was the beginning of my astronomy interest. The most fantastic in my mind was when Lowell, Borman and Anders make a long trip towards the moon in december 1968, when I was 12. I started to think if there is life and intelligent beings in some other planet. The question is still open...
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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    I don't remember when i caught the bug, but i do remember being in school and on the first day of science class i would turn to the astronomy section and read everything that was in the book on the subject. Every time there was something on TV about space i would watch it over and over. One day my dad asked me "didn't you see this already, how can you watch this over and over?". I told him every time i watch it i lean something new. He understood and wanted to support my interest. Every time we went to the mall we would go look at the telescopes. He talked to someone at work who knew about them and recommended that not to but the cheap ones and wait till we could afford a good one. Being the youngest of three that day never really came. When i was picking a career I considered Astronomy but was scared off by all the calculus. That was in 1998. Fast forward to 2009 and I was looking for a hobby. I did not want to become a Facebook zombie. Something that could challenge me since i did not feel i was getting a challenge in my career. The only thing i could think of was astronomy. I was in a place where it was semi-affordable. So I took the plunge, my only regret is i did not think of it sooner.
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