Interesting posts. Newbie, excited with small entry fee. 34 folks posts and only 2 of us encouraged the OP to connect with a local astro club.
OP, where are you at? Nothing specific is needed, but a general sense of location will help. You'd be surprised at how many folks here on CN live by you.
I personally do not tell people to go to the local astro club or look for used equipment because I do not know if such things exist in their area. This is especially true for people who we don't know where they live. If they live in a remote area, such resources may not be available to them and nobody may live near them. Even if they live in a populated area, such resources may not be available to them if the local population does not engage in astronomy for one reason or other.
I live within a 30 mile radius of over 10 million people. There is surprisingly few local astronomy resources locally for such a large population. That is because very few do astronomy locally. Largely because most live under B9 or brighter skies with poor seeing that are frequently covered with thick cloud cover.
Even if the OP has an astro club nearby, they may be inactive or they may be like my local club - heavily dominated by AP (not so good for looking for examples of inexpensive entry level visual equipment).
Edited by rhetfield, 30 January 2023 - 04:36 PM.