Became interested in star watching in 1972. First telescope was a cheap 2" refractor.
Between then and now, I used Olympus binoculars until finally getting my second 'scope (Dobsonian 200P) in 2020. I use this with a Baader Hyperion IV Zoom EP for mainly analogue viewing.
Personal highlights: Watching Sky at Night and moon landings, visiting Keck Observatory on Hawaii Big Island in 2019 and Mount Palomar Observatory in 1980, looking up at Southern stars and Magellanic Clouds from Alice Springs and talking astronomy with "uncle" Eric*.
* My brother in law's uncle is GED Alcock (RIP).