OK, I am a C14 kind of guy, and even on that the eyepiece swings through a very large arc. On the practical side, isn't such a long OTA going to be rather awkward to look through as you change alt? For such a large, unwieldy beast, it certainly seems like it would be more at home in an observatory, e.g. on an AP3600, with a step ladder nearby... But it sure is bound to be the talk of the field at a star party! Nevertheless I do not see the price as horrendous compared to other toys for not-yet-grown-up boys, Mercedes S-class cars have been mentioned, and what about yachts? The latter get used, what, a handful of times a year? OK, one can take the spouse along to soothe her. As if! As for depreciation, well, is there anything depreciating faster than yachts? Private jets perhaps? No, I suspect that the main thing holding up many APO lovers is that many in this hobby tend to be both grown up and reasonably wise. $50k kept aside for a grandkid's education is often seen as a more sensible choice. Perhaps age just makes us splurge less and less on our personal whims. How sad. As the poem
says, "My get up and go has got up and went"! And we blame our loving spouses for it? Unfair!