Hmm, if you're going to go to the trouble of lugging along optics to a remote, hike-in, dark site, I'd think you'd want the most APERTURE you could conveniently carry. Why? Simple. It's pointless to fight your way to such a site to observe double stars and the planets. Your views of those targets from your suburban back yard are just as good as they will be from your nighted perch. DSOs are the entire point of making your way to a dark site, or nearly so, and for DSOs I'd rather have a fair to middling 4" or 5" scope than a top quality 2.4" scope.
Enter the C5 if you can swing it. The OTA is the size of a medium coffee can and weighs about the same as a fast 2.4" to 3" refractor. It will ride on the same mount as such a scope. It will cost no more than such a scope. It will have between 2.5x and 4x the light grasp of such scopes. For DSOs it will pummel them into shards of glassy sand. But wait, what's that I hear? It doesn't do wide field? To which I respond, it does eide enough field to make target acquisition easy on an alt-az mount. A 32mm Plossl in such a scope delivers about 1.3 degrees of true field of view. You won't get the whole Pleiades in a single field, but everything smaller in angular diameter than that - which is most everything DSO - will be nicely enough framed.
As an added bonus, it operates as a HUGE daytime spotter. You can pump up the magnification well beyond ordinary spotting scope range, and not suffer dimming and image breakdown.