TSA 120 / Starstructure 14.5" f/4.42 with Terry Ostahowski's All Quartz Optics
Roberto Botero, Kent, UK
Les Canon 10x42L IS Swift 8x44ED Ultralite Questar 50th Anniversary Model, Astro Trac wedge on Manfrotto 475 tripod Stellarvue SV90T 90mm Fluorite refractor, Porta mount head on Bogen 3068 tripod Vixen GP-DX on Baader Surveyor Tripod
My first scope was a Tasco 60mm. It was perched upon a wobbly wooden tripod and had one of the finest molded pot-metal alt/az mounts available on a $25 telescope at the time. It came with a state-of-the-art zoom eyepiece that went from 15X to 60X in four steps utilizing a notched draw-tube.
I spent many enjoyable hours looking at the moon, Jupiter and its moons, Saturn, and the phases of Venus with this scope. It helped me get to know the ecliptic and become familiar with the constellations.It is the scope that really got me started in the hobby.
When I talk to people about telescopes I always recommend against the department store scopes but I always add a disclaimer, "unless that's all you have - in that case use it and learn everything you can from it until you can get something else."
Thanks for the question. Brought back good memories.
ETX 90RA '66 Questar 3.5 Quartz Standard Orion XT10 ... and the Astroscan