This is my first post; I want to say hello and thank you to you all since I have been learning A LOT from CN. I have been interested in astronomy since I was a kid, and although I don't clearly remember when was it, I clearly remember the first time I saw an ad from Meade on a magazine that was bragging their shiny navy SCT set. I always wanted it, but didn't have time, money, or space for it. Now, the pandemic has come, and it made us locked down; it is quite ironic, but I found that it was a good chance for me to get into the hobby; not only for myself, but also for my young kids. Based on the learnings from CN, I started from a frugal table dob to "lean start". Many of articles from here CN and over the internet recommended start from binoculars or a small table dob before trying any complex and heavy telescopes. So I bought an Orion SkyScanner 100mm from Craigslist and immediately fell in love with stargazing. That cheap and small table dob was enough to make me wow when I first found Albireo.
and then... yes, I realized that I wanted more. Unlike back in 2000, I had money and space (unfortunately less time though) for bigger telescopes. Actually my design taste has been changed too. Now Celestron's orange OTA looked more attracting than Meade's orange OTA. I did undercover in Craigslist for couple of weeks and was able to buy a like-new condition C8 OTA (actually from a NexStar 8SE set) + AVX mount set for a good price from a local astrophotographer who had to sell it due to his movement. C8 was like a quantum leap from SkyScanner and I started enjoying more objects in the sky. I believe that I will ask more questions going forward while learning my telescope, astronomy and astrophotography.
Thank you in advance & stay safe!