Jack Apfelbaum's love of astronomy remains strong and when he talks about things like man landing on the moon his voice sparks with passion.
He, 50-years-ago, watched the moon landing on television when he was living in St Ives and can still recall this historic moment.
"It was extremely exciting," he said.
"It was one of the greater events of our time really.
"Some people say they could have done so many other things with the money they spent.
"However, there are a lot of discoveries in medicine and science that have come out the moon landing."
The Nowra Hill resident and stalwart of the Shoalhaven Astronomy Club added it was also a competitive thing between America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
"The Russians got ahead with rocketry and America had to come first when it came to the moon landing," he said.
Jack says the moon is a beautiful and enchanting object to observe and something accessible to a novice.
"You can get a very good view with binoculars because it's a big object," he said.
At times you get to see and experience some magical things.
"You get this darkness, the birds have gone to bed and then you can see the stars right next to the moon," he said.
Jack added a full moon washes the surrounds out.
"You don't bother to get your telescope out when there is a full moon because everything in the sky is washed out and it's too bright," he explained.
Jack is keen to read and hear about proposed space explorations, including another moon landing.
"Going to the moon is a good jumping-off point for any trips to Mars," he said.
"You have all the ingredients there (on the moon) like minerals and they also know there is water there, someplace."
He thinks landing on Mars is within reach.
"The way we are progressing it's more or less exponential because of the knowledge we are gaining and the propulsion systems are improving with new ways of going into space instead of using rockets," he said.
"I don't think I will see it (a Mars landing) but we will get there."
Jack said the fact that things, like unmanned spacecraft, have landed on Mars suggests a man landing on the Red Planet will happen.
"Mars is one of the planets you can see landmarks (like icecaps) on it," he said.
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Jack is a former president of the Shoalhaven Astronomy Club and the 92-year-old rarely misses a meeting.
"The club is going very well," he said.
He first bought a telescope in Australia when Halley's Comet came along in the 1970s.
Jack always was interested in astronomy since he was a boy and even put together his first telescope when he lived in America.
"A mail-order company had a big book of magic things you could buy - even a chameleon and believe it or not they sent it (the chameleon) out in the mail - a living one," he said.
He was growing up in Philadelphia at the time.
Jack bought a lens set and made use of a drainpipe, which was about six foot long, for his telescope.
"I think it worked somewhat," he said.
It was big and cumbersome and Jack can't remember what he saw but he had the bug.
He left the pipes in the US but the lens set made the move with Jack to Australia.
Over the years Jack has owned many telescopes.
"My interests lie in solar studies and I have a very good dedicated solar telescope," he said.
Jack also used binoculars as a way to explore the stars.
He also thinks we are not alone in the universe and says there is life on other planets.
"We (the human race) are not that unique," he said.
Go to www.shoalhavenastronomers.asn.au for more information on the local astronomy club.