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    Default What got you started in astronomy?



    Hi all,

    Just a simple question, what got you into astronomy/telescopes?

    I was thinking about this question earlier and then worked it out, my parents bought my a Fisher Price telescope when I was very young, I remember that it had slides of the moon and the planets etc and really enjoyed it - only just remembered about it today.

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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    I have no idea. I have been interested in astronomy since before I can remember. I have heard recordings of me as a toddler talking about the Sun and stars.

    Even my first telescope, the "scope from hell", a 2" f/20 cardboard tube refractor on the world's wobbliest tripod, wasn't enough to kill my interest.

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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    Wow, cool scope. I never did have one of those. I'm jealous.

    For me, I was always interested in how stuff works. For example, I knew all about RAM and ROM and the various internals of computers before I even owned my first computer. I just wanted to know how they worked.
    Before astronomy I was and still am totally fascinated by gravity. One thing led to another and the next thing I know I own a telescope. Wow, what a trip.
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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    When I was about ten, my Granny bought me a pretty nice pair of binoculars. That was the first time this little country hick ever even knew the moon had craters. I'll never forget the first time I saw 'em.
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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    A few reasons; while living in Northern Wisconsin I watched an astronomy segment where the guy says at the end "Keep looking up"; and Ive always wanted a telescope, when I was a kid I remember going through the catalogs for Sears, Montgomery Wards, etc., and telescopes were cool so I lusted. I was also a library nut and read a lot of space stuff.

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    For me, it was a small (probably 40mm or so) draw tube telescope when I was a kid - I remember standing it on the bedroom windowsill and being blown away by my first views of the moon.

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    Default Re: What got you started in astronomy?

    I was alwas fascinated by the moon landings in the early 70's and a man called Sir Patrick Moore from BBC's The sky at night convinced me to go out and have a look. I was a kid back then and did not own my own telescope. Like Reno though I read a lot about it and always watched very boring (to most normal teenagers) open university and other factual programs about it. About 12 years ago someone bought me a very poorly constructed Tasco 70mm Refractor with 3/4 inch eyepieces. I found it very dificult to find anything in it "Even the Moon!!!" but like keith says it was not enough to put me off and I soon upgraded. Like most of the guys on here (probably) the wife thinks I should have married it instead of her
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    i was always interested as a child but my family could never afford a telescope ..at the age of 29 I reconnected with two childhood friends (twin brothers) while visiting one of them at his house after nearly 15 of seeing him he showed me his two telescopes . at that point I viewed Saturn for the first time that night in a meade etx125 and have ben hooked ever since . Now myself , him and his brother all have telescopes and it gives us plenty to talk about and has brought our friendships back in a big way.

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    I've been interested in the stars for as long as I can remember, then when I was five or six my parents bought me a 40mm refractor for Xmas, which I used on the moon. Then I picked up an old 60mm refractor from my uncle for another Xmas, and begged my parents to get me an Edmund 4.25" reflector when I was ten. This was a great entree into the Messier objects. At 13 I built my first scope, an eight inch Dob. After a break of several years because of family and career, I decided to pick up a Z10 last year, and am fully back into the hobby though I never really lost interest in astronomy. So its really been a lifelong pursuit.
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    Just looking up and thinking, 'what's that?.
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