RET member Forrest Lee Erickson will present a talk titled "Now Maybe You Want a Telescope".
Don't rush to buy a scope. Look through scopes of others first. Buy magazines, buy binoculars 10x50 (or 10x80 binoculars) and a tripod, then buy a 10" Dobsonian, then buy a Canon or Nikon DSLR (Full frame is best) and fast lenses from wide angle to telephoto, then buy a 5 inch (or more) apocromatic refactor on a VIXEN mount, then buy property in a dark
location in Arizona with an observatory or build one. Budget to travel to the southern hemisphere to see the southern milky way and to see more solar eclipses and both poles to see the aurora.