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Get familiar with a program/phone app such as Stellarium or Skysafari if you're learning the sky, they're indispensable even whilst out in the field observing.

If you're observing get two or three good eyepieces of different powers and maybe a 2x barlow lens.

AP is a whole other ballgame and one you should get into very slowly unless you know exactly what you want to do, how much money you wish to spend and how much time you are willing to invest in resolving issues, the eq1 really won't be any use for that unless if you're imaging something like the moon or planets which require short exposure photos, even then the eq1 is not very stable and prone to vibrations and long dampening times from my past experience. The long focal length and small field of view of the mak will also make it more difficult.

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