Am hoping you can offer some advice, I came across this site while looking for local Astronomy Societies/Clubs. I want to get into stargazing, looking at the moon and eventually the planets, galaxies etc. I've always been interested in space, the stars and planets and last night we had a really clear night and the amount of stars in the sky was awesome. I live in Bonnybridge, Central Scotland and know lots of places where its really dark to look at a clear sky and would like to know the best telescopes for the beginner star gazer. Now the important part, the budget, I don't have an awful lot of money to spend, £200 is about the maximum I can stretch to. I know what your saying, you can't get a decent telescope under £200 but am hopefully that I'll get good advice from this question and my own research. A friend suggested joining a local society/club as it would help learn about this hobby and I wondered if anyone knew of any in my area of Scotland. Am not a complete novice, I know some information about the stars and planets from watching documentaries on TV. If you all can point me in the direction of a good make/manufacturer and also offer a beginner star gazer some helpful advice that would be great.