Thanks for your input James. I have a 5 inch refractor that is missing a tripod right now, so I use binoculars to look around at this time. I live in Seattle WA, USA, and the Seattle astronomy society is … according to the research I have on them…. a rather good club. I may join, but I am terrible in social situations so it is not a priority for me. I have always been interested in the history and advancement of astronomy, so what I really need to do is stop charging around like the bull in a china shop, haha and pick a direction. Once again, thx for your input.