Small refractors with their limited but high quality views are like astronomical poets describing what they see in a few perfect words.
Lord Byron couldn't top that sentence!
Lots of good points in this thread, both pros & cons, and I agree: If you have the money, space, and observing conditions, a variety of scopes is the way to go. If not, get the best made scope you can afford that suits your observing preferences & location. I moved frequently during my military career, so an 80mm F15 EQ rig that fit into a single wooden case made the most sense. I'm settled now, but live in the city, so a large reflector or SCT would go unused most of the time, since it's far easier to tote a 4" RFT and mount out to the country; and for in town observing, I'm perfectly happy with my 3" F15 Classic achro on the Moon & planets, while my very well made 60mm F15 excels at double stars and open clusters. Plenty of targets for the 3-5 hours per night I get to spend outside when the weather cooperates.
IMO, a 60mm refractor is a very useful tool. With its neglible set up time, you can quickly assess the seeing; however, once you're outside with it, you may decide hauling out the bigger guns is simply superfluous.
As for imaging, how about this cheap shot (literally - a $35 Orion SSII!), made with my 1962 76x1200 achro:
Edited by Bomber Bob, 29 August 2014 - 05:09 AM.