How old was I when I began my adventure in astronomy?

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How old was I when I began my adventure in astronomy?
Posted by stepping beyond on Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:52 AM

It was 2 years after my accident in 1974,I had climbed a tree to get a better look at the moon.My mom came out the door and screamed for me to get down,I guess she noticed that I was really high.30 or so feet .Well I fell and didn't break any bones.But,I really have a hard time dealing with all the problems now.At 46,I finally don't have to climb a tree to get a better look at the moon. Z10 with my lil' bag of goodies.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 4:39 PM

I guess we started at much the same time.  Although I had a "tepid" interest in Astronomy as a kid, I really caught the bug around 1970 when I decided to learn clelestial navigation (I was an avid offshore sailor whenever the opportunity arose).  In 1971 I bought my first refractor scope, an 80mm Tasco.  By 1973 I graduated to the now classic Criterion RV-6 "Dynascope" a 6" Newtonian on a clock driven equitorial pier.  That scope stayed with me for a little more than 30 years, becoming one of the family.  In Dec 2008 I replaced it with my current Celestron CPC-1100, an 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain.  This truly is a hobby that can span decades.  

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Posted by mr Q on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 12:35 AM

 I started at age 10 when my family and I went outside to look at the first satellite, Sputnick, and seeing this bright "star" passing across the sky got me hooked. I had only seen a couple of "shooting stars" (made wishes, of course but alas, none came true) but this "star" was so neat the way it drifted across the sky. Of course my parents and the rest of the country were in fear that it had a nuclear bomb that would be dropped on the US but as a kid, I didn't care too much but have been looking up ever since. At 12 I got my first scope (a 50mm junk department store scope) and many years later upgraded to a 4" newt and finally to a 10" newt to look at Haley's comet in 1986.

  And at 64, I'm still enjoying the night skyBig Smile

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Posted by siegmundm on Saturday, November 23, 2013 11:40 AM

I got into astronomy in late 1980s, inspired by some cartoons set in space (He Man), some sci fi (Dr Who and such), music like Kraftwerk, books about space and last but not least, the French educational cartoon: Il etait un fois... L'espace!

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Posted by Astronomical Chick on Saturday, November 23, 2013 8:47 PM

I have no idea what got me into Astronomy, but all I know is, I was around 12 years old when I realized my fascination for it. I guess we studied a little about it or something in science class. I don't remember. All I know, is I love the idea of the "unknown". I'm 22 now, and even though I'm not yet in school for it, I plan on starting school for it within a year, hopefully. I want to go to Florida Institute of Technology in the Astronomy part.


"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."-Neil Armstrong

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Posted by leo731 on Monday, November 25, 2013 2:42 PM

I was nine.  My Father worked in aerospace and all flying machines were fascinating.  Projects Mercury and Gemini were totally engrossing.  I started at first using a pair of old WWII 7x50 binoculars and then Santa Claus brought me a 60mm Sears telescope when I was ten.  I have been looking up at the stars ever since.


A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.

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Posted by stepping beyond on Monday, November 25, 2013 9:24 PM

It was 1975, my parents bought me a telescope from the Sears roebuck cat. and my dad put it together after getting back from going to Florida. They took me to see a launch from Cape Canaveral , stop by Kennedy space center and Disney world. All when I got home from the hospital after my accident. I was 9 yrs. old also got into custom model rocketry, building my own designed rockets with my Dad who worked and retired from GE.

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Posted by pastorg on Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:58 PM

My interest in outer space began as a kid in Jr. High and with the Apollo missions.  Got my first scope around Christmas of 1967 (I believe?).  It was a Jason 60mm achro refractor on a wooden tripod with one eyepiece that gave 40X.  Boy did I enjoy that little scope!  

When Apollo 8 circled the Moon on Christmas of 1968, I was outside with that little scope staring at the Moon and again the night that Apollo 11 landed in July of 1969.

My daughter and son-in-law bought me a Meade 70mm AZ refractor for Christmas about 5 years ago which whetted my appetite for the night sky again.  Bought a Zhumell Z12 dob in 2009 and a Celestron 102mm Omni XLT refractor a couple of years ago.  At 59 I still enjoy using all three whenever I have the time to step outside and enjoy the beauty and majesty of the heavens.


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Posted by Aratus on Saturday, December 07, 2013 7:55 AM

'Eight' is the answer !   My first constellation was 'The Great Bear'.   It was about November time and having memorised the pattern I went out to look for it.   Fortunately it was low down in the North West which was the same direction as the path, so I saw it straight away.    Awesome!Wow



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