Get a good mount if you are serious about this hobby is still good advice. How can you live your life without adventure? There are two type of passion. One of the physical and one of the mind. The greatest and most satisfying of the two is the mind. Astronomy is a final frontier. To connect with the infinite. To think big and experience big. If a person is serious about astronomy why not go in with a situation where you can have a winning outcome. This is exactly why you make the smart investment in getting the best mount that you can afford.
Now people can believe in the limits that life is hard and you have to settle. Maybe I see something everyday that many of you guys and gals do not see. I am an accountant. My professional role is to make people rich. I see many people with less talent that most astro imagers bang out a million dollars of profit a year and many of those people work less than many of you. To get over to the other side of life you have to invest big in yourself. And invest big in your education, what ever specialty you choose.
There are more opportunities to enjoy astronomy than ever before. Something to really be happy about. And a good mount that you will not outgrow is a great place to start even if you are brand new. If you go in light much of the gear you acquire will be junk in 5 years. If you get an AP900 you will be able to use that for 10 years, and then be able to sell it and get some of your money back out.
If you are really confined financially, you may still be at a point in your life where self development is the big priority and transforming your life from being a nail to a hammer is your priority. Invest in your education and a time will come where you can do your $100,000 observatory. Read and study 12-16 hours on whatever your profession is every Saturday and Sunday for the next two to three years and become great at it. Then you will be able to take great care of yourself.
I got my mount for my 50th birthday. My life was not easy when I was young. When I was 2 my mother used to leave me out in the back yard for hours at a time. When I knocked on the door she would not let me back in the house. I had to knock several times before I could get a glass of water from her. At 3 1/2 years old, a boy from the neighborhood came by and asked if I wanted to go play. I told him I did not know how to climb that tall fence in my backyard. He showed me how to climb that giant fence and I got out of the back yard. After that I went over that tall fence everyday and went and found other people that would give me a glass of water and invite me into their houses. If you are stuck in the backyard, figure out how to get over that tall fence and enjoy life.
Get that good mount and connect to the infinite.
Edited by Hobby Astronomer, 06 April 2021 - 09:34 PM.