I recently purchased a Celestron Nexstar 130SLT telescope in an attempt to live out my childhood dreams.
The ducklings are still too young to really appreciate it just yet but hopefully it will be a family favourite in the backyard on starry nights in the years ahead. Unless I can actually see "The Death Star" or Master Yoda, the eldest duckling is not that impressed at the present.
I was wondering if there were any other astronomers lurking here and what type of equipment you have. I obtained a great book called "The Binocular Guide to the Southern Skies" by Robert Bee. If you are just vaguely interested in astronomy, it is a great place to start.