CA is the centre of Amateur Astronomy to the world, lady. It is home to the 2 largest consumer telescope manufacturers (one of which incidentally is where I got this telescope from) in the world. Telescopes are ubiquitous in CA, so if you don't have one in your backyard....gee, your new home ain't complete yet. And after you get your observatory set up (assuming you get bitten by the astronomy bug too)....don't forget to give me a new invite, lady.Originally Posted by lady-o-leisure
For you and mick, and anyone who seriously want to indulge in Astrophotography...I would suggest to aim for at least an 8" GOTO telescope. I'm happy with my 4" as most of the time, the night sky in USJ is good enough for visual planetary observation. Deep Sky objects are rare sights in my urbanised light polluted vicinity, unlike in CA. Also, I'm not into astrophotography seriously enough so a larger and faster telescope is still an extravagance for me ATM.