Thanks to everyone replying and helping me out with my Ring Nebula troubles. (I'll get that wascowy wabbit!)
One takeaway is that I am likely to buy a finderscope. I lean toward the Orion 6x30 RACI because I'd want the widest field possible, and fairly low weight. I currently use the supplied red dot finder, and I expect to keep using it. (Advice here is, of course, welcome, but I have posted about finderscopes before.)
A sad note that those of you in the SF bay area know: Orion Telescope in Cupertino is closed. I had hoped to buy it there, it was a great store with great geeks running it. Sigh. Guess I'm going online again.
Edited by davstrom, 30 July 2021 - 02:09 PM.