As a child, I remember being fascinated with the sky. The stars and moon seemed so amazing. As a teenager, I used to wait until night time when everyone went to bed, then I would sneak out of the house and climb up over the deck and on to the garage roof. From there I would work my way up to the second story trying to keep quiet. Laying on my back 30 feet up and staring at the night sky was just so quiet and peaceful. I can still picture the first "shooting star" that I ever saw.
As an adult, my fascination continued. Owning my first house, I can still picture sitting on my own deck with my wife and watching our first meteorite shower. After doing some research, I learned that it was a yearly occurance called the Perseids. It was shocking for me to learn that something so amazing occurs every year. My interest was piqued.
Now I am 36 and I have a 4 year old daughter. We go out on to that deck and look at the stars. She is an amazing learner like a giant sponge, taking it all in,asking me questions about the stars and moon. I decided to buy my first telescope "for her" from Orion. I couldn't believe the views! Two days after it came, we had a clear night to try it out. The moon was simply amazing to view. Seeing the craters was so cool. I even took a picture through the telescope with my basic digital camera lined up lense to lense. I decided to do some research and located Saturn that was supposed to be viewable in the current sky. The first time I aligned the scope and saw the rings of a distant planet I gasped! I felt like a little kid! My heart raced. An actual planet that looked like a star with the naked eye for all those years. I immediately called for my wife and daughter to share the new discovery. We were all so amazed to see such a thing.
Now my daughter and I both share the love and excitement of the distant sky above. She constantly asks me questions about constellations and satellites. I just never realized how much a telescope could bridge a generation and bring us closer together.