Great responses, I enjoyed them!!! I like amatauer astronomy. It is really, really fun once you know how to operate your telescope and how to map the heavens!!!!! (allthough i must admit, it was really hard to get used to in the begining!!!). my first tip to all those who would want to buy a telescope is that it is an investment. spend about 400 us dollars for a really cool beginer's one. reason being, money talks in this field!!! more bang for your buck you can say.
I was at one point two years ago, thinking about going into planetary science but...i found out that it is not very practical since there are no jobs for people with astronomy degrees. (physics degrees? okay maybe for those guys). . so i got really bummed out and decided to make it just a hobby.