So my husband and I planned on getting a “big” gift for Christmas this year. We ended up buying a telescope for my son (and ME!). It’s a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ. It took a while for us to actually be able to go outside and test it out because the weather was awful and overcast for a week after we opened it.
A couple nights ago Seth and I got the most amazing view of the moon. It was fat and yellow, the lunar maria were so clear and the texture from all the craters was insane. The moon is in bad shape! I never thought I’d be able to see so much detail. It was the first time in my life I’d ever looked through a telescope. I still have a lot to learn about it. It’s actually VERY frustrating (see: Equatorial Mounts), and we need wayyyy better light conditions. It was nearly freezing outside (33F), so we weren’t comfortable at all. My body hurts from being out in the cold too long. We’ll try again when the temperature isn’t so harsh. I would eventually like to get some new eyepieces and lenses and filters to attach my camera. I’ve always wanted to dabble in astrophotography.