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    It's very cool to see how these WOW moments influence a life long hobby. That's what I would like to hear from my grandson when he sees something in his new telescope. I can't wait.

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    See Jupiter for the first time through a scope, it was the one and only object I could see through the MAK-CAS, then the 70mm was Andromeda a blurry spot in a mass of stars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asterion View Post
    It's very cool to see how these WOW moments influence a life long hobby.
    Indeed. And it's very interesting how many of us got out fist Wow moments looking through a cheap department store telescope!
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    Mine was either a dawn or sunset moment with my dad and comet west when I was six. It's a vague memory now but it started a life time of stargazing, meteor shower watching and general enthusiasm for the stars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithBC View Post
    Indeed. And it's very interesting how many of us got out fist Wow moments looking through a cheap department store telescope!
    I know my mom bought that little Gilbert reflector by mail order from either Sears or Montgomery Ward. We had catalog stores in town for both. You ordered what you wanted from the catalog and it was shipped to the store where you picked it up. Got my old pair of Tasco 7x50 binoculars that way as well. I still have the binoculars though they aren't in the best of shape, but the old Gilbert is gone. Wish I still had it and now I would really understand how pitiful it was to use. But as a kid I thought it was the greatest treasure as it opened the window to the universe for me.
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    my wife bought me a 76mm newtonian for my birthday.. first thing was the moon... wow!! I had seen it with bino's but this was better..
    then stepson bought a 114 celestron.. even better! then one night he woke me up at 1 am... ritch ritch come have a look at this!!
    he had found saturn didn't he... and wooow! that was soo awesome!! the ringed planet through my own eyes.. fantastic!
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    Hi Mark, and all. Well, I had the same experience as most of the rest of you. Back in 1962 or 1963, I got a Tasco 3" reflector for Christmas, and it came with two .965" eyepieces. But, I remember the first time I pointed it towards the moon, I was just amazed at the complexity and structures of the lunar surface. Next, after some learning the skies and about the ecliptic, I grabbed a view of Jupiter. It was a small object, but I could make out the pale yellow color, and two equatorial bands. This set the astronomy hook for me. I have had many great experiences since them, and with bigger and better telescopes, but this is where it all started for me. Thanks for a great and fun thread Mark, and the best of wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
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    Looking through a 60mm refractor at Jupiter when I was a little kid. I also got a chance to view the double cluster through a 10" scope owned by a neighbor when I was 7 and that sealed the deal for me.
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    Planets bring people to astronomy and then they stay for DSOs.
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    There are so many ways people have their first WOW moment that it does give pause to the wonders of astronomy. Most start with planets then stay for the DSO's.

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