"As a young boy I can still recall the electrifying atmosphere in that
coffee shop in the summer of 1969 as children and grownups were
witnessing the events of the first Moon landing unfolding on the TV screen.
It left quite an impression that later led to the purchase of my first
telescope, a 60mm refractor with which I enjoyed looking at the Moon,
Jupiter and Saturn.
In a way I was quite lucky as our high school housed a small professional
observatory with an equatorially mounted refractor and two wide field
instruments, their main purpose to monitor the trajectories of the first