In the late 70s, my interest in astronomy was triggered by a glimpse at Saturn through
a small telescope of a neighbour. My parents were afraid of me becoming a nerd, and tried their best
to prevent that, without much success, though :-). Observing the planets became a focus for me, and in the
early 80s, I finally got a 90mm refractor which allowed me to see some more details than just
tiny bright stuctureless flickering discs. In that time, I also took part twice in the legendary IAYCs
(International Astronomical Youth Camps). Anyone out there who remembers them ? But soon my interest
in astronomy decreased and finally fell asleep for over 30 years. Recently, I started again looking at the planets.
Now, in the era of digital imaging and processing, things have changed dramatically, one spends more time
in front of the computer than behind the telescope.
So for me personally, its a strange combination of going back to my roots and exploring a new field of
activity at the same time.