I am so grateful for all these replies. I have so much information here to go from, THANK YOU all so MUCH!!! I managed to reply to all of the PM's but I cannot YET reply to all of the posts. I run a massive company and run all the payroll and HR and we are so busy with year end, especially with COVID. I am in school with finals approaching, this on top of all my kids homeschooling now, add in my new love and obsession with astronomy and all things sky I am a bit overwhelmed.
I have been reading each of your replies through my email server as they came in over the last week, I have read each one carefully and made my attempts to absorb the information you all have given me. It really is a bit like learning another language that you all speak and I don't. I am trying. I just wanted to thank you all.
My scope is being delivered TODAY! I just got the notice. I ordered it from Woodland Hills, great company as far as I can tell, they were very helpful by phone and I could actually reach a real person. I did pay for shipping but it was minimal and I did not have to worry about all talk of hundreds receiving a scope but no base or a base and no scope. Both are set to deliver today. I cannot wait to assemble everything.
I have a list of things you all said I need and I am trying to narrow it down. A very kind member here is sending me an eyepiece, (a 32 mm I believe), a fellow Dad and astronomer to "help my cause" and I am so grateful for that. I would thank him by name but I am not sure he would want that. Still, it means a lot. So helpful. I love this community.
I have my list going: RACI, Barlow Lens, Telrad, sky atlas / sky safari... basics of what I took from the majority of posts here. Made a more extensive list but these are, as I see it, the very base line basics of what I need. I have more detailed notes, more specifics noted but generally I think that is what most of you are saying I really should get to get going out the gate. Only questions I would have now, (there will be more):
Barlow brands matter? 2x, 3x? The options are confusing and I am not sure.
RACI is that for the viewing or for finding? Or do some do a right angle for both? I have not yet seen the scope so I am a bit clueless. Actual newbie here. ZERO experience. I have never looked through a real scope. No knowledge from experience whatsoever.
Telrad brands matter? Riser or not? Is this in place of the finder it has or in addition and are the illuminated laser options better or something completely different? Again, I have nothing to go off of. I have never once used a real scope. Please excuse my ignorance on the subject.
I have a few books noted as well so thank you all for those suggestions.
Thank you all again for your advice and guidance. I must say, I don't understand the people in online forums complaining about the "space" these things take up, there is nothing greater I would rather have consuming my existence. I cannot wait to see this thing taking up my living room