I'm extremely new to astronomy (I just bought a telescope on the philosophy that it's never too late to have a happy childhood).
Choice basically came down to this model or a 70mm Meade w/AutoStar. I opted for this model because it comes w/an equatorial mount and I'd like to do some astrophotography as well (I've got a fairly decent zoom lens: 90-230mm, fixed f/stop)
I've seen some discussion of how this scope works with planetary observing. I'm curious what I might be able to see of DSOs.
I'm about 15 minutes away from Bortle class 3 skies, and an hour or so from class 2 skies (class 1 skies are reasonably accessible too--3.5 to 4 hours away)