The second telescope I saw was at a boy scout camp. My father was a scout master and we were at summer camp in 1955. A scout from another troop set up a 6 inch reflector in a field. I went out to the field in the evening and saw my first home made telescope. He gave me a copy of Sky & Telescope Magazine. This was a wonder I had not known existed, an astronomy monthly. I still have it in my files and take it out once in a while to try and regain those feelings of boyhood discovery.
Edmund Scientific was prominently featured in the magazine advertisements. After many subtle hints I received my first telescope, an Edmund 3 inch reflector, purchased for me by my parents for $29.95 and set up by the Christmas tree.
Clear Sky - Rich