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Hi Guys, Totally new to the Hobby (And I mean new) in my mid 50's and need a more relaxed and rewarding Hobby and have decided to step off and purchase my first Telescope, needless to say I haven't a clue what to buy, due to watching too many YouTube streams and reading countless reviews that would make your eyes water all offering advice.
I spend hours out at night staring at the night sky. I have a healthy budget to start and currently I seem to be drawn to a 11" Scope, a steady mount seems to be something that is a must and the accessories still an unknown for me, I definitely want to do some photography but also just want to roam and look. (I am not a part time Hobby enthusiast).
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hi and welcome to TSS .
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Hello WGE and welcome to the forums. When you say 11" scope I am assuming you are referring to a Celestron scope? That would indeed be a deluxe way to start out.
-Michael
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I see that you made a similar post on another location. I responded to that one. I realized that I described my personal retirement rig as it is now, not the way I would start out. It is my personality to go slow and savor each new step. When I started I created an astronomy/photography slush fund. Then I bought just what was necessary for me to take the next step. For instance, I once made little 50mm refractor from a telescope kit and spent a year copying the observations of Galileo. It didn't cost much, but it a fun year. I also spent a couple of years focusing on our solar system. That was when I bought my 11" SCT. Those years were a lot more expensive but still a lot of fun. I always have more fun with the journey than with the final outcome.
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Welcome to the forums.
Some refractors, eyepieces, mounts and related equipment
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A 10” scope sounds a bit big for a starter scope especially if it is a Newtonian. Makes finding stuff harder and a big wind sail doing astrophotography.

If your desire is to do Astrophotography l would advise a smaller APO refractor such as between 61 and 100mm max with a focal ratio of between F5 and F8 ish. AP is a tricky hobby and you don’t want to make your life too difficult. All this needs a sturdy EQ mount capable of guiding.
And that's without discussing the camera etc.

But you have done the right thing asking for advice.
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Hi WGE, and welcome here to the Forum!

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Welcome to TSS.

I would agree with Carole. Start with a smaller scope, I started with a 10 inch newtonian and it's a beast to carry. I then bought a Explore Scientific 80ed and it's much easier to work with. The mount is the key thing with AP. Have fun and ask questions.
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ZWO mini guider.
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Hello and welcome to TSS. Glad you joined us.

Cheers,
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Welcome to TSS! Thanks for joining us, we love and welcome new members 😊
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Hi and welcome to the forum! An 11'" sounds great; be interested to see what you finally get :D

All the best,
Mark

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Post by Mike Q »

Welcome from Ohio USA. AP and visual are two different critters, yu are going to need to scopes lol. Get yourself a nice big dob and a frac, then you have your bases covered. Welcome to the forums
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