I'm trying to keep my first purchase fairly low as I'm new to this. I don't want to mess up a better telescope while I'm learning about using it, so I'm going the cheap route first. Unless anyone wants to advise against me going cheaper? When I say cheaper I mean $200-$500 range. I see a lot of telescopes that are in excess of $1000 and while I'd love to jump right in, I feel it's a little smarter for me to spend a little and learn a little before I go broke from a new addicting hobby I live in an urban environment. Light pollution is a thing around me. I live in Los Angeles County and there are few places to escape to without the light pollution. I'd love to be able to observe from my yard which has no street lights or trees obstructing my view, but there's no denying the glow of a city in the distance. Not sure if that's a real issue for observing. I'm absolutely fine with taking the telescope with me and heading to the Angeles Crest Highway or observatories. I'd really like to get into deep space observations, but I'll settle on the moon and planets if my price range will not work well for dso. I've read recommendations on other sites and an 8" dobsinian seems to be the route to go. If I find something larger within my budget, should I get that? A few suggested a refractor with an altazimuth mount. I feel like I should go with the dobsinians, though. If you have a specific telescope recommendation, then please let me know. I'm not trying to get ahead of myself but I'd also like to get into astrophotography. I imagine I'll mostly just be taking pictures of the star filled skies. Maybe eventually a planet or 2? Am I way ahead of myself on that? I don't expect to get remotely close to hubble space telescope quality, so don't worry I have not got my head that far into the atmosphere. I will also want to know if there are any musts for transporting and caring for my future telescope? Side note: I own a pair of binoculars and I think they're 10x42 or larger... it has been a while since I used them. I inherited a few binoculars from an old friend who was into bird watching and managed to just keep what I deemed the best of the bunch.