Thanks again for THE most amazing forum.
This is a real rookie question - and please forgive me for the lack of understanding of even basic stuff...but I guess you have to start somewhere.
My wife and I are just about to complete our home in Santa Monica, it has a roof deck very near the beach and I want to buy an astronomical telescope on it for star gazing. To be able to see the moon in some detail/planets fairly clearly is my goal. What should I buy?
My budget is between $1,000 and $2,000, probably more towards the lower end of that window. I have no prior knowledge or experience BUT I do know that I will be using it quite a bit. I am semi-obsessive about the things I get into...and I'm going to get into this.
I guess because of my super lack of knowledge, I would prefer good optics over gizmos - I don't want all of this computer-assisted tracking etc. I just want an old-school manual telescope I can learn on. I am also extremely open to used (read classic) equipment. In fact, I actually prefer old equipment over new - as long as the quality is there. I love vintage binoculars, and have a few pairs that I absolutely adore. I take them everywhere. So definitely classic over super-modern, wifi/bluetooth/-linked equipment.
What else is there to know? I guess I don't want something that is going to require a huge amount of knowledge and experience to operate from the get go - I can get into that later on.
Finally, and not sure if this is important, light pollution where I live is not nearly as bad as you would think for a big city. Again, it's a city but it can get surprisingly dark along LA's coastal strip.
Anyway, if anyone has any good ideas as a starting point, I'd be very grateful.