Hello to everyone! I am new in here, I live in Lima, Peru and I just bought my first telescope a Celestron CGEM 925. For years I wanted to get into this beautiful hobby but only now was I at a point where I could finally get into it, buying a good telescope, and having the time to devote to this amazing hobby. I´m 51, married and have 4 kids, 3 of which are grown up and independent. I will also become a grandfather very soon. I hope to get at least my younger kid and later my grandchildren interested in this amazing hobby!
A few months ago, someone lent me an old very used telescope but it was one of the basic inexpensive department store bought telescope. It made me confirm what I had thought, that to get into this hobby and not be dissapointed, one had to get good quality equipment or risk being frustrated. I realized I needed to go for good equipment and not the inexpensive models.
When I finally decided to buy a telescope I faced the difficult task of choosing the right equipment for my budget. I have to say that when you are new to this hobby, making the right choice of equipment can be a daunting task. You are not sure what to get, the type of telescope to buy, the right eye`pieces, filters etc. I was super fortunate to get Sherry Hand from handsonoptics.com who assisted me in everything, helped me with several aspects of my purchase including the paperwork I needed to get my equipment thru customs which in my country is a complex task. She helped more tha I would expect, fulfilled all my requests, clarified all my questions regarding equipment etc. and made my purchase a great experience. I was really fortunate to have her help as it was invaluable. I am sure there are other companies who will provide you with great service too but I can say that handsonoptics.com service was great!
I hope to meet other astronomy enthusiasts here and learn from you all! I am sure that here I will find people who are willing to assist newcomers like me in learning the ins and outs of this magnificent hobby!