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    Hi, all --
    I stumbled upon this forum because I'm interested in buying my first telescope. As with most new hobbyists, I'm totally clueless about where to begin. I don't even know which questions to ask! However, despite my desire to read and not bother anyone, the site dictated that I had reached my limit of free study, and must register to continue -- so here I am.

    Looking forward to learning more about a subject that humans since the beginning of time have studied.
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    Default Re: I'm too old to be a "newbie" at anything ...

    Hello and Welcome to the Forums. One of the first questions to ask yourself is what kind of objects you want to observe, deep sky objects (star clusters, nebulae, galaxies?) or the moon and planets. Please feel free to ask away.
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    While I intend to read as much as I can about recommended 'scopes for beginners, I might as well toss out there what I'm interested in seeing at this point and my budget, and if anyone wishes to toss out some suggestions of where to start, I'd appreciate it. I've watched scores of YouTube videos with recommendations, but most seemed like sales pitches. I don't know what I don't know!

    My wife and I are both interested in exploring the most visible feature of the night, the moon. I think that could fascinate us for many moons Beyond that, we're clueless about what we'll be able to see and what we won't.

    I would like to keep our initial investment under $1000 for everything we'd need to get started. The last thing I want to do is invest in a cheap 'scope and regret the purchase in a month's time. At this point, they all look pretty much the same to me, and deciding on which one would make a good first 'scope is daunting.

    Any and all suggestions are appreciated as I glean what I can from other threads.

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    Default Re: I'm too old to be a "newbie" at anything ...

    Hi N8RV and welcome to the Forum!
    There is no such thing as "too old" :-)
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    Default Re: I'm too old to be a "newbie" at anything ...

    Hi there welcome to the forum.
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    Hello and welcome! I'm 70 and still a newbie at lots of things! Just ask my Grandsons!!!

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    Default Re: I'm too old to be a "newbie" at anything ...

    Welcome, N8RV.
    I am 65 years young and I have enjoyed very much being a "newbie" to so many wonderful things that so often I had to pass by in the rush of years. I only began to look at the stars in ernest 2 years ago. And this forum has given me more that I could ever count.
    I hope you find yourself at home here. :-)
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    Hello, and welcome to the forum!
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    Hello and welcome! 1. What Helicon said: What do you want to look at? 2. How much do you want to spend?

    Other questions: How heavy a telescope can you tolerate? Where do you want to go with it and how often? Do you have good binoculars already?

    Other Considerations: Sturdiness of mount. Computerized or manual options. Altitude-azimuth (point and look) or German equatorial (align to north and track objects).

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    Hello and welcome to the Forum.

    With a budget of $1,000, I can recommend a telescopes so large it will be very difficult to lift. How important is portability for you?

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