Hello and welcome to Cloudy nights from an ex-pat brummie (I lived in Yardley - where are you? - that may be relevant).
What do you want to look at? Some people are specialists in Planetary or Deepspace objects or double stars. If you don't know, yet let's just assume you want a bit of everything.
Next do you want a computerized scope which after you've aligned it will find things for you and then track them as you observe? The tracking part is the really useful bit, in my mind.
If you are OK with a completely manual scope , which would be my recommendation, then you can spend more money on Optics and less on electronics. The advantage of a manual scope is that you learn the sky and can start observing faster (you're not fiddling with set ups and electronics).
If the former option is OK , The skymax would be fine, but it's a long focal length scope, which is great for moon & planets , but not so great for fainter deep sky objects.
If you're Ok with manual scope, then an 8" dob is hard to beat (larger aperture = more light = more details visible) . The 8" skywatcher dob is about 240 quid from First light optics, leaving you money for other things (star charts, an observing chair, red headlight, laser collimator if you get a dob)
However - and this is where the location comes in- you will get much better viewing from a dark site. If you really are stuck in the center of Brum , then a large aperture will help you see things amidst light pollution. OTOH a computerized system will help you find things more easily.
If you can drive your scope to a darker site nearby then that's best - it's easier to find things when the sky is darker and either the skymax or an 8" dob will fit in a small car.
As the others have said, try to find a local club and do some reading.
I always recommend Ed Ting's site to beginners.: I think it's an excellent summary https://www.scoperev....com/begin.html
Do some research, go to some club meets, (though I expect they're shut down now due to Covid, but you could email for advice) and let us know how you get on!
Edited by Taosmath, 26 September 2020 - 11:03 PM.