My first telescope was a Sears & Robucks, yes it had both names then, 60mm refractor given to me by my parents when I was 12 in 1971.
I have been hooked every since then.
I took a twenty year break while I was in the military.
After the Military I had the time to get back into astronomy.
I chose Orion products and have never regretted that decision.
The best aspect of today's astronomy for me is video.
I have several video cameras and they are what spends the majority of time in my telescopes.
I got into CCD imaging in the last couple of years and have both the color and Mono versions of the G3 CCD camera.
Orion has done a great job in providing started CCD cameras including software that works very well.
Mono is my preferred type of capture which is why I still use a StellaCam III video camera today and the new G3 Mono From orion.