Every astronomy related medium I have ever used recomends joining an astronomy club, and Astronomy Hacks is no different.

Synopsis: Lists many benefits of joining an astronomy club including: Advice from experts, try out equipment, dark sky sites, and loaner equipment.
They also inform the reader that Sky and Telescope's web site has an astronomy club tool to help you locate the local club.

Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to check out an astronomy club yet. The closest one I have found is in a city about 50 miles away, and I just haven't had the time yet (maybe next year when things slow down a bit).

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