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I started in Astronomy when I was 12 and began visiting the observatory of my home town Mainz (near Frankfurt, Germany) fairly regularly. At 14 I became a member of the local astronomical society and talked visitors through the "Sky Tonight" and later through the "Introduction to astronomy" (always fun to chase stars across the HRD). We had no planetarium projector at that time – instead a black dome with fluorescent stars stuck to it, and a UV lamp with a shade at the angle of the geographic altitude lighting the right section of the sky... Once I started university, priorities changed and astronomy took a back seat. Now, with twin sons who visit the observatory and the planetarium show almost every other weekend since we live in London (if they are not busy at the science or the natural history museum), I thought it is a good time to set get back in touch with the stars. I recently bought a little telescope and I am astonished how much you can actually see in light polluted skies if the Go-to-mount takes you there. I came to a recent observation evening last week, even Mars was visible with quite some structure just a few degrees over the horizon – not the slightest chance finding it there on my own. My sons are thrilled, so I guess we will stick with the stars for some time.
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