For me, it was moving from the light polluted skies of southern England, to north central BC in Canada.
Although being ex army, we had been taught to navigate using the stars, my opinion at that time was "why use the stars when we have compasses?" and we used to pray for moonlit nights so we wouldn't trip over anything while on patrol LOL
Standing out on the deck one night, looking up and as I had been out for quite a while, my eyes were pretty dark adapted, then I started noticing things in my peripheral vision, a cluster of stars here, something flickering over there etc. Took me a few more years of gazing up, before I took the plunge and bought a scope, (wish I had done it sooner) and now, I am out there whenever there are clear skies - not had many of those this year in BC. My 7 year old son "wanted in" on the action, and soon it became just as much his hobby as mine, to which I have no complaints whatsoever. I think for a 7 year old to know where to find the M57, and know what it is, can never be a bad thing :-)
CGEM DX, LXD 75. Canadian Telescopes CT152 F5.9 Achro, Astro Tech AT6 Ritchey Chretien, 6" Meade Newt with Moonlite CR Dual rate focuser, Skywatcher 8" Dobsonian, Celestron NexStar 102GT. Meade Series 4000 Plossl Set, Baader Hyperion 3.5mm and 21mm EP, Meade 8-24mm Zoom. Orion ST-80, Orion 50mm mini guide scope, Orion StarShoot AutoGuider. Canon EOS 5D, 50D and 7D,
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