I'm planning a trip for the club to Pinnacles National Park. We'll be camping there for a couple of nights at the end of October, so I've started thinking about what I'll bring. We last visited Pinnacles in 2011. For that trip I took my 16" f/5.1 Teeter/Lockwood Dob. It was a great site for the scope to strut its stuff. But this year we'll have at least one 20-incher in attendance, so I'm thinking of mixing things up on the scope front and bringing something else. I have a new "travel Dob" in the works. Teeter is building the structure and Carl Zambuto is making the mirror. It is a 12.5" f/5.5. Originally I reckoned that the 16er would be an easy solo haul sized Dob. It isn't. So I commissioned the 12er, having traveled with another 12er many times, finding the aperture very convenient and easy to load and unload solo. The new scope may or may not be ready by the date of the trip, so I'm noodling what to bring should the Teeter/Zambuto not arrive in time.
There will be 20", 15", 12" and 10" (x2) Dobs in attendance. There will be at least one 11" SCT. So there are plenty of large and medium aperture scopes on hand to borrow for specific targets. This has me considering going smaller and purpose specific. For rich field observing but with some "teeth" (i.e., going deep), I'm thinking of taking the Astrotelescopes 152mm f/5.9 achromat and running it with a dedicated set of Sterling Plossls on an Orion Atlas as a communal wide field scope. I may also put a laser pointer rather than optical finder on it to help the star hoppers acquire targets when needed. If so, I am also considering running my never-dark-sited C9.25 Edge HD on a CGE as my main scope for the trip. I'll do a big list of targets, but will personally concentrate primarily on DSOs.
Does it make sense for me to take smaller scopes and Bogart off of my club mate's larger scopes when I hit a target that needs more aperture, or would you take the 16-incher again and be done with it?