Excerpt: This is the first article that I have ever written. I have been an amerture Astronomer (and I mean amateur) for 20 years. My first scope was a Bushnell Sky chief that I purchased for $150 in 1982. At the time $150 was all the money in the world to me and a stretch for my new wife and myself. I quickly got frustrated with it since the planets and the moon were really all that I could see and they were not that breathtaking through the scope.