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    My first scope was a 2" Charles Frank refractor. The focal length must have been about 36". The objective I think was an eyeglass lens, and the eyepiece was a single convex lens. The tripod was the wobbliest thing you could possibly imagine.

    Looking out through the glass window of our 4th floor walkup apartment in Glasgow, I think I saw Jupiter once, but not much else.
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    Good post, Even thought I'm a youngling to this hobby about over a year ago. I didn't jump to a telescope right away, I started with a pair of binocular, my star wheel and my book nightwatch which I enjoyed and learn so much. I saved up as much as I could to buy my telescope. So yeah my first gear my 15x70 skymaster which I mounted on my camera tripod will always have a special place in my heart

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    When very young I put my $ into a money order and mailed it for a telescope. I never showed up. I went into law instead.
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    My first scope was a junky used 60mm terrestrial refractor from ~1960's (it's a lot older than I am). Couldn't see much through it, but it was mine, and at 13 years old that was all that mattered. I wish I could find it again...

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    My first scope was a Jason 80mm refractor with a wobbly tripod.It was a Christmas gift received in 1977 and saw Saturn for the first time.I had that scope for years until 2006 when my landlords kids expressed a interest in astronomy.I had just bought my 10"Meade LXD75 sn so,I thought how fun it would be to get a little star party going.I happily gave (turned into stupidly) my refractor to the kids so we could observe together.As time went on with many no shows to observe.I decided that maybe I could borrow the scope to bring back some fond memories.What I saw was absolutely horrifying.The scope had been dismantled and the OTA looked like it had been used for batting practice.One of the lenses had been broken in two and the rest of the parts were never found.
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    I started to look at the stars when I was a kid. Just laying on my back in warm grass on balmy summer night and watching the wast stretch of night sky crossed occasionally by a shooting star. Or looking in snap-frozen air of winter's black endlessness of the sky and wondering of what's behind?
    I consider natural curiosity to be the most important instrument anyone can have for Astronomy. As for telescopes - my first telescope was Astromaster 114EQ. It satisfied my observational needs at that moment - as well as my everlasting desire of tweaking and improving on things. Hard to fix, hard to break.

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    I ma agree with you...Size does not have matter. Keep it up.

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    yep. my parents got a used 60mm tasco refractor for 20 bucks when i was quite young, probably around 8 years old. i used it to look at the moon but nothing else (i was oblivious to anything else being around to look at, including planets). it wasn't until last year, after many years of it catching dust that i decided to take it out of the basement, look at the moon, and try to find a planet... i did a bit of research, downloaded stellarium, and used that to find Jupiter last august. the one morning, before i went to work, i took it outside and found jupiter, saw some of the belts and 4 of its moons and i got hooked. now i have an orion xt8i, and plan on getting another smaller scope for quick trips.

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    My first scope was a 114mm newtonian. Man I hated that scope. Completely ruined me on astronomy for fifteen years or so when I finally broke down and bought a refractor....love at first use! Then I bought another, then another, and... well.... I am glad my wife isnt registered here because I am looking at another refractor! ARG!

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    114mm Tasco reflector with 525x magnification! (That's what it said on the box anyway!!!!)

    Loved it and used it for many years. Looking back, it was responsible for my favourite views and the singular object that spurred me into astronomy.

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