Well I first started off with my Nan's 60mm brass refractor. Very dirty optics, but showed loads of detail on the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter. I couldn't afford a scope 20+ years ago, so opted for binoculars as a birthday present, and hads permanent use of the scope. A few years back, I had the funds to buy a scope. I had spent a few years looking at double stars and the brighter Messiers etc, but always wanted to observe more of the DSO's impossible to see with the old scope. I bought my 16" Lightbridge and it suits me fine for its purpose. As it's stoo heavy for myself to pick up and go on a whim, more recently I bought the Skymax Muskotov 127 GOTO for planetary and lunar imaging, not forgetting that it's a good all round little pick up and go scope that will give good enough views of many objects out there. I suppose it's all down to what you really want to use it for. Unfortunately, being such an addictive hobby, most of us (including myself) seem to want it all. Guess i'll have to wait for my lotto numbers to come up.....!