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    Many years ago when I was 14 or 15 it was craters on the moon, followed by Jupiter, then Saturn sealed the deal! All viewed through a 60mm refractor. After many years away from the hobby, it was Jupiter and M42 that hooked me back in during Dec. 2013 with my 4.5" Newt.
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    You cannot unsee Saturn's rings. You look then you see rings. FREAKIN RINGS and it is not a picture. Take you eye off the scope look at the sky then back in the scope. Still there Saturn with rings. I was hooked after that but M13 sealed my fate. Nice cluster! After that I was a DSO junkie.

    Moon's of Jupiter are a close second.

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    It's difficult to remember. I got my first telescope back in 1961, a Tasco 3 inch reflector, and I think the first WOW was the Moon. But the big Wow I got was back in 1964(?) when I spotted comet Ikeya-Seki. That was my very first comet. Caley
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    Swan Nebula. Forgot to breathe. Cried like a dork.
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    Being a newbie to astronomy my very first WOW moment was seeing the moon so close and the fact that I could see its craters through binoculars blew me away. Sadly ever since then I have not been able to view anything because the damn cloud gods keep getting in my way! But I am pretty confident I will be blown away even more when I can finally get to see more!

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    I remember seeing Saturns rings through a cheap little refractor like you buy in the box stores it was a wow moment
    then I built my 10"F/5 and Saturn was as close to earth as it will be in years to come and the view filled the eyepiece
    I could actually see the colored bands around the planet and the Cassini division ring was very visible and that was the biggest wow factor I think I ever experienced. This back in the early 90"s I think.
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    Jupiter's moons still freak me out.
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    Too many years ago to recall the "First WOW"...was way back in 1959 at age 10 with my first telescope...a 60mm, f/15 Unitron refractor that I still own and use occasionally. I'm pretty certain it was Saturn though 'cause I still get that First Wow through the eyes of all the folks who see it for the first time through the eyepiece of my telescopes!

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    Being an astronewb, a few months ago when I was aligning my NexStar 8se I pointed it at a "bright star" and when I went to the eyepiece to center it, saw Saturn and its beautiful rings. I don't think I'll ever forget that moment, I literally jumped up and down with joy, and I'm 27! My first time looking at M13 was great too, I probably stared at it for 30 minutes.
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    I had two really powerful wow moments in my astronomy life. The first as a young boy with a shaky Gilbert 3 inch reflector the first time I stumbled on M6 and M7. I observed those two objects night after night during the summer marveled by their beauty. I didn't really know what they were, not having much in the way of reference material in a small town back then (pretty much all I had was a planisphere). But I knew then and there that astronomy was something that would be with me throughout my life. Though I may have stepped away from active participation dealing with other interests and what life tosses your way, it was never far removed from my mind.

    Moment number two was in the early 80s when I got my Coulter 17.5 inch circus cannon. I swung it to M51, and there plain as day, like in a photograph, was that grand design spiral structure (skies were much darker back then). I was totally entranced, and at that moment my goals were redefined in the hobby. It was at that very moment that I became focused on galaxy hunting and dedicated myself to their pursuit.
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