Like so many other amateur astronomers in the UK, I was inspired by Sir Patrick Moore, host of the BBCs the Sky at Night television programme. Amazingly, Sir Patrick is still presenting the show today, being its original creator and only host since 1957. I gave up astronomy once I tried to make a career of it by starting a PhD, and found that professional astronomy is incredibly boring. I ran away to join a software house, and never looked back. Occasionally I still miss those peaceful nights of my youth, but working on software is much warmer.
Few Telescope brand names bring forth such romanticism as the Unitron name. It was the telescope to have in the 1950s through 1960s. Every budding astronomer from the era poured over the Unitron ads and contemplated their eventual purchase of one of these fine instruments.