Keeping It Simple

If I could pass  only one piece of information to anybody just getting into astronomy, it would be to keep things simple. The main obstacle in this hobby is time.  Complexity of this hobby grows exponentially once a camera is attached to a telescope. Extra gear needs to be set up quickly yet calibrated to a remarkable precision. Having a system for setting up all the gear can increase your chances for success once temperatures start dropping and sleep deprivation starts to slow your thinking processes.