My first telescope ...
In my dim distant past, I packed groceries and collected shopping trolleys for many weeks in order to save up the AU$120 needed to buy the scope of my dreams; the Tasco 12TE 2.5" refractor ( all others being completely beyond the ability of my 12 year old self to earn enough money to buy ! ). Sadly, after just a few years, it came out less and less and finally stayed in its box until I sold it many years later ( which I now deeply regret ).
Fast forward half a life time to 2014 and my second telescope was a 10" Skywatcher f4 carbon fibre reflector on a computer controlled goto mount. Definitely an upgrade
In the last year I have upgraded again to a 12" Orion Optics CT12 scope, off-axis guider and large capacity mount ( Skywatcher EQ8 ), which, together with my relatively old and unmodified Nikon D5300, I happily control from inside my nice and warm roll-away
shed ( sorry ) observatory.