I agree with the comment to find your local beekeeper association and join in. Usually those are free to join. And if you ask lots of questions you probably get better help than on a forum like this, although forums always have their place too. A PLUS of joining a beekeepers group is that you might find that can get a few discounts - not guaranteed though. And another benefit is that you might just luck out with someone who is selling his/her equipment and get a great deal with a whole setup at a much more reasonable cost to get yourself started. Give it a try!