Reasons for wanting the new scope:
1) Better stars in the corners.
2) No mirror flop (this would especially bite me with focus after meridian flips).
3) Hopefully better overall FWHM.
4) Easier (and hopefully more stable) focusing
5) Faster focal ratio, somewhat better FOV, and better matched sampling with my camera once I get the spacers I need.
6) Less problems with dew.
We shall see how that all pans out. However, I have looked at a lot of pictures produced by this combination of telescope and reducer and I like what I see.
Initial impressions are the mechanicals are really nice compared to the Celestron Powerstar III. I do plan to replace the focuser with either a motorized Feather Touch or Moonlight but that will have to wait for now. My impression is the stock focuser is going to be serviceable until then.
I checked collimation with a Cheshire and I did need to adjust the secondary. The primary looked at least ballpark good.
Forecast is partially cloudy tonight. Hmm...
Here is a photo of the new setup: