I had always been interested in the heavens. I have several degrees (Math and Engineering) with a minor in Astronomy.
February 2016: I had a diving accident that left me unable to dive. Wanting a new hobby, and having an interest in astronomy, decided to get a telescope.
Not knowing a thing about them, I purchased an old 8″ tube from a telescope/camera store. The only problem was, I had to find some way to mount it. It turns out to be a scope with fast optics, designed from imaging. Tip #1: Decide what kind of astronomy you want to do, observing or imaging, before looking at scopes.
Since I now owned an imaging telescope, I decided that I wanted to get into astrophotography.