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    Default First WOW Moment



    I'm just getting back into the astronomy hobby after many years away. Even 45 years after I first saw my first image in a telescope I can still remember it clear as day. It was Saturn with the rings in view through a small refractor. What was the first thing you saw that really made you go WOW?

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    Default Re: First WOW Moment

    Well, as kid, it was Jupiter through a 60mm refractor looking like a big ol Gobstopper up in the sky.

    30 years later it was the Moon through 8x25 binoculars, and the next day, Saturn sealed the deal through yet another 60mm refractor.

    It's been downhill from there.
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    Default Re: First WOW Moment

    My first "Wow!" moment was in middle school, seeing craters on the Moon for the first time with my Kmart spyglass.

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    Default Re: First WOW Moment

    For me it was also Saturn viewed in 1966 with my brand new Tasco 60mm scope I had just gotten for Christmas.

    Can you imagine how many fewer astronomy enthusiasts there would be if there were no Christmas (or another similar mass celebratory/gift giving event)! Makes you say, "Hmmmmm?"

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    Default Re: First WOW Moment

    I have two. The first was an amazing night of viewing on Jupiter with my 70mm and I could see more detail than I have since through bigger, nicer telescopes on nights with average seeing. I wish I had a bigger scope with more magnification because seeing was stunning that night.

    The second was when my neighbor took me out to a truly dark site and showed me M42 through his 11 inch scope (after many months of viewing through a scope and training my eye/brain to see more). Compared to my 70mm from my rural sky backyard it was a jaw-dropper for sure.
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    For me it was seeing Jupiter moons line-up in 7x monocular when I was 8 years old.

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    Default Re: First WOW Moment

    As a kid I never had a wow moment. From as young as I can remember I was into space and astronomy, so when I got a telescope I was pretty much repeating the images I had seen in books. When I was an adult though the first moment I really thought my jaw would drop was seeing Omega Cent through a decent scope. There is a visual element to this object that never ever comes through in photos. When I moved to the US (And this will make you laugh) The first time I ever saw the constellation of Orion right side up was another memorable wow moment.
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    My first telescope was an 80mm Sears, back in 1967. The moon looked cool, but Saturn, yea that was the wow moment.
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    Default Re: First WOW Moment

    Like so many others, seeing Saturn through the 60mm Tasco that I bought with my allowance.

    Another, equally powerful, Wow moment was first light with my new Panoptic 27mm eyepiece, when I looked at M44. Suddenly I understood the appeal of looking at open clusters, which I had dismissed until then as just "a bunch of stars".
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    The Orion Nebula just blew my socks off...still does too. I'm just amazed I can see something so far away, in my back yard!
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