Hello, my name is Elise. I have always been stargazing! I own a Meade DS -10. Bought it back in 1987. It is a great scope, easy to set up and use, except I have to get low to the ground to see objects overhead. If anyone has a user manual for it I would LOVE a copy, please, since mine is gone. Stargazing in Alaska is seasonal (spring and fall) since the summer sky is awash in light, and the winter is usually cloudy in town, and it's too cold to be out for hours. Happy Summer Stargazing!