1. My youngest daughter and I happened to stumble across a garage sale with a telescope sitting in the driveway. It is/was not a classic, but it started us down this path. Hurtling down this path, might be a better way of putting it. The scope was a rickety, dusty, and delightful, Tasco Luminova 60mm refractor. We bought it for $3. It came with eyepieces, the mount/tripod, and diagonal. The finder had been long lost. One of the very few times I have ever voluntarily stopped at a garage sale. The other times were for some tool, or dirt bike, that could be seen from the road. I am glad we did.
Even though I was skeptical that it would be worth the $3, I paid it since I had never had the opportunity to sate my curiosity regarding telescopes, etc. Especially for pennies. We took it home, and checked out the moon. The crater detail, and brightness was a shock. But, what blew my mind was seeing Saturn, and with enough resolution to KNOW what I was looking at. It was beautiful, and can best be described as a tiny bb that was encircled by a barely perceptible thing piece of thread. It was a yellowish color, wavy, and was quickly knocked out of our fov by the slight touch of my eyelashes against the ep.
All three of our kids that are still at home, and my wife, each had a turn at the ep, once I was able get it back in view. It was a fun experience, and turned us (me) onto this hobby. I remember it like it was just last year...because it was.
That started me on the search for a "real" scope. I quickly realized that the recommended dobs, and others, were interesting, but when I started looking at classics, I saw that I could get some real quality for almost pennies on the dollar. Sucked into this rabbit hole, here we are today.
(the observations with actual classics)
2. The morning that I first tripped over myself and "discovered" Jupiter. I was up early, and was astounded that I saw the 4 moons of Venus, because that was what I was looking for. After looking at what I had found, and confirming that I was truly seeing what I thought I was seeing, I went inside to Google whether I was seeing more moons or less than most people saw around Venus. Yeah...I was seeing more moons than anyone had ever seen around Venus, because I was looking at Jupiter. Regardless, it was awesome that first time. Like they say, ignorance is bliss. Asahi Pentax.
3. Every I look at Pleiades and Orion they are awesome. Love it through my little S&S. Looking forward to it with the Edmund 4".