As a newbie
I have started my life of amateur astronomer in 1986. When I bought my first telescope a 115/900. It has been by only telescope from the age of 11 to 28
First serious telescope
My first serious telescope was a Mizar 100/600 on AR-2 Mount. With this telescope I have seen my first total solar eclipse in France. The Mizar had a good optic and its mount was well adapted for the reflector. Of course the mount was not a goto one. Mizar has produced very nice telescope and mount, unfortunately it is now defunct.
TP2415H and AP Traveler
In 1999 I bought a Traveler. I started to mount it on the AR-2. But this mount was not adapted to this mount. Few mount latter I bought a GP-DX from Vixen, and when the Skysensor 2000 was available I bought one for this mount. After a while with a friend, we acquired a home made hyper-sensibilisation kit. Fortunately, my mum did not know that I had Hydrogen-Helium mix at home. And more fortunately, I had not accident, even so, there were some leaks in the kit, and the process last for more than 24h.