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#276 Rick Runcie

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 08:09 AM

61 here, I think it all started when I was 3 or 4years old and my older brother had a small telescope and everyone in my family were looking at the moon through it, but for some reason I couldn't get my orientation of my face and eye in the proper position to look through the eyepiece and as much as I wanted to see the moon I couldn't. I believe this was the beginning of my obsession. The space race, all the TV scifi shows and all space related toys just reinforced it. A Sears refractor that was eventually returned and upgraded with additional Christmas and birthday money to a 4in Edmond refractor when I was in my early teens and then an 8" Cave when I was 15-16yrs old sealed the deal. Approximately 20 telescopes later 45 years in time and I'm still hopelessly addicted. If anything my passion has grown and observing and astronomy are significant parts of my daily life and will be till I take my last breath.

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#277 Old Ironsides

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 02:29 PM

30 years old. Been observing for 10 years. But have been interested in astronomy since I was a kid. I think what sparked it was watching the magic school bus episode "lost in the solar system" back in the 90s. 

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 09:36 PM

65 yo now. Started at 15 with a 6” edmunds kit. 

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Posted 17 September 2021 - 09:46 PM

55 years old.  I started observing casually as a teen with naked eye/binoculars and a pocket atlas.  Took an astronomy class in the late 80s and learned the basics of celestial navigation in the US Navy as a Quartermaster.  


I purchased my first telescope in early 2020 (8 inch Dob) to give me something to do during COVID.  I now have 4 scopes and am loving learning AP with a 60mm refractor


Next year I plan to buy a good mount and will hopefully have a lot of time to observe and image when I retire in spring of 2023

Edited by 72Nova, 18 September 2021 - 07:51 AM.

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#280 Voyager 3

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 11:52 AM

Looks like most people start at 12-15 years of age . I believe that's when curiosity and understanding has a golden ratio. This is the period when they decide to learn the science of it after marveling at its beauty . And it's a lifelong one ..

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Posted 20 September 2021 - 12:36 AM

21 years old, and started in 2003 (that's as far back as my memory goes, anyhow) on a red Tasco and a Bushnell 7x50--I was lucky to have parents that encouraged my interest in astronomy/the sciences. We upgraded to a Starblast in 2006 and have been using it since!


My childhood hero was David Levy, among others. Maybe it's the nostalgia speaking, but I strongly believe that his Guide to the Night Sky is unmatched when it comes to capturing the sense of wonder that I felt and continue to feel during observing sessions. Anyone, young and old, can really get a lot out of that book.


Anyway, I've been drooling over Orion catalogs since elementary school and still haven't upgraded from the Starblast. I'll finally be breaking that streak soon with a new grab-n-go visual setup:

  • 8" EdgeHD
  • SPDX / GPDX / SVP / some other manual EQ-5

...with any luck, anyway.

#282 bjkaras


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Posted 23 September 2021 - 01:10 AM

I am 65 and have been observing since 1969. I started with my dad’s binoculars and moved on to my first telescope in 1972. I guess that means I’ve been observing since I was 13.

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 03:02 AM

44 years old. Had a cheap 60mm as a teen. Fast-forward to maybe 6 years ago picked up a Celestron 130 SLT and the 🔥 began to burn again. Now working to refurb a c8 I picked up at a yard sale for $40. Man what a difference from the 130!

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 08:14 PM

I am almost 67 and I have been at it for at least 55 years.  Here I am about 1969 with my Sears 60mm EQ refractor. 







#285 Alien Observatory

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 08:40 PM

Age 71, 33 years observing.  10" Coulter Dob was the first telescope owned.  Have a Stellina now and life is good...  Pat Utah :)

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 10:41 PM

66 now. Started with a 60mm Tasco around 1966. Star hopped for many years. My wife bought me a 6" f4, fork mount EQ with RA drive for our 1st wedding anniversary. Started AP in 1982. I went into hibernation from 1990 until 2017 while raising a family, then helping and playing with grandkids. Once my granddaughter started school, she became interested in space science from school (she obviously had a good teacher). So, back at it full speed. Recently purchased a 10" f4 with go-to mount. Sooooo much easier than the old days. Getting back into AP, but taking my time learning the new AP technology to make sure I acquire the best tools for the job. Very glad to hear there are many older than I. This give me much to look forward to.

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