View Poll Results: How much have you spent on this hobby so far?

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  • Less than $500.

    138 16.93%
  • $500 - $1000.

    135 16.56%
  • $1000 - $2000.

    155 19.02%
  • $2000 - $3000.

    113 13.87%
  • $3000 - $4000.

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  • $4000 - $5000.

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    The only thing that "worries" me is that now that I've started spending significant amounts on this hobby it doesn't seem to stop. Looking at the stats, that seems to be the rule for others as well: most seem to spend around $ 2000, but if you go over that much, then it's likely to jump to more than 5000.

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    P.S. and now that for the first time I'm ever selling something (two telescopes for $ 250, to a student of mine), I'm already planning to use that money to buy $ 350-900 for EPs or a DSLR camera, or perhaps more and finally get a GEM. So, even selling items may end up adding to the "deficit." But as Declan and Balu and others have pointed out, we do get so much back from the hobby, so I don't regret a bit of it.

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    In my first introduction to Astronomy I went thru about 10 telescopes in about 6 yrs.......................combining all the extras for film photography, & eyepieces ,of which I had an affinity for tele-vues etc....Id guess close to 10 grand. Then sold it all & got into another expensive hobby for about a decade( RC helicopters). Now im back again but with a cheap go-to scope, new eyepieces & a few other odds & ends and ive only got about $400 total invested so far but a adjustable chair is next on my list.
    Got very lucky on a few used but in "like new" condition items... for next to nothing. That dosen't happen often in this hobby as we all are looking for deals.
    Im happy at the moment but.... eventually Id like to acquire a 4" min APO to replace my 4" achro. Where I live a yard cannon won't work, Im surrounded on all sides by giant Oaks & everyone has lites on so I have to travel everytime I go out, so this aperture is ok. I just want better optics & a better focuser along with the option down the rd. to do astrophotography perhaps of comets & unusual things etc that occasionally come by but that's all id have time for. Have to work so have to sleep.........
    It is fortunate that one can now get involved fairly cheaply these days with a go-to driven scope, a decade ago it wasn't so.
    Id spend a 100 grand IF I had it to blow on the hobby tho, if money didn't matter.........A nice piece of property in a dark sky area, an observatory on it, huge scopes heck yea!
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    at the moment,not alot tbh,got my scope second hand,bought other
    stuff like ep kit new,a few other things new also.
    up to now about £250,roughly $375.however,that will change in the near
    future.it's gonna hit $2000 plus.
    and god knows what i will spend in the further future.
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    Hmmmm , hope SWMBO NEVER sees this particular thread !

    Counting all scopes/mounts ,EP's,Barlows,guidecam ,software and other bits n bobs I am waaaay over £3K , sounds a lot BUT as has been said , it's my hobby , I work hard to get the stuff I have and I enjoy the use of it ( weather permitting ! ).

    You also have to factor in the fact that once you have the equipment , properly cared for it while last you years . I think it was Joe who broke it down to cost paid over years kept. Thats the way I look at it actually , every year the cost I spent reduces .

    You can't really put a price on happiness anyway, I am happy to be able to view the wonders above our heads , kinda grounds me in a way .

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    As I mentioned in an earlier post I sold two telescopes for $ 250, but then I immediately purchased about $ 500 in eyepieces. However, that was six weeks ago and I haven't purchased anything else since! All in all I'm in it way over $ 5000 but I may have reached an asymptote, that is, until I go crazy and buy the ultra portable 16" Dob that I really want ($ 6000). For now, I'm holding out.

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    I've only spent 60 bucks so far but I'd love to get my hands on a big telescope someday. The used sector looks yummier and yummier all the time. My Uncle purchased a used Meade LX50 10" with the mount, a few eyepieces, and a Magellen II for 400 bucks. That's a probably at least a 1,500 dollar value, right?
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    By the time I get my 5" refractor tricked out, I will be well over the $6000 mark.
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    I have spent a GRAND total of $22.45
    One bracket to mount the bino's I already had on a tripod I already had, some misc. bits and pieces like a red plastic bag and duct tape.
    If all goes well, that should turn from just over 20 bucks to just over 10 grand. More likely, it will be less than 1/5 than that, but hey...a man can dream right?
    Zhumell Z12, Celestron 20x80 binos, and infuriatingly cloudy skies.

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    You guys have sure spent some serious money on scopes and gear ...

    Myself , i started out with a small reflector from BJ's wholesale club for 150 ...After that it got nasty but not as nasty as most of you guys ....Mabey 6 grand on scopes mounts and accessories ...

    Problem with me is i also like model trains ...N-scale ...Engines are 100 dollars each and most cars are 20-50 each ...In the last year i have spent 5k on it as well ...
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