Read the Telescope Buyers FAQ listed below and you'll have a better idea.
The Lone Sidewalk Astronomer of Rosamond
Telescope Buyers FAQ
Astronomy Net Online Gift Shop
"Cherokee" <cherokeejones99@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> One lesson I've learned from other hobbies is it's a bad idea to spend
> too little when entering a new hobby. The very low end of any hobby
> tends to be something I outgrow very quickly. At that point I buy
> something "mid-level' and regret spending the money on the entry level
> I've also learned that the low end products of any hobby do not give a
> very good representation of the hobby itself. The low end is usually
> flooded with poor quality products. Such poor quality products lead to
> frustration as the newcomer struggles to get it to work right.
> Given these two lessons, I'd appreciate a fair estimate of how much a
> newcomer in this hobby should set aside to get their first telescope
> rig. What is the ballpark cost to buy a telescope setup that will give
> a fair representation of the hobby of astronomy?