Having had an NP101 and a lovely Celestron C8 at the same time, I would pick the NP101 any freakin' day of the week. Some people don't get that in using a quality refractor, it's not about the aperture (mine's bigger than yours) but the quality of the experience. I recently picked up a used TV-85. For that same money I could have bought a go-to 8" SCT and had money leftover for dinner a few times. I chose the TV-85 because I LIKE using quality refractors. I know that I can see more detail with an 8" SCT but so what? We all know what these things look like. A 20" Dob will show it even better. And a 30" Dob will be way better still. Just one thing - I suspect I use my little refractors on their alt-az mounts more often than the typical 8" scope user of any type of 8" aperture.
As to Tak, they seem to be a thing unto themselves. It's an expensive system and I prefer Televue's far more simple approach. I have no idea who makes a better small refractor but I've owned a few TV refractors and they've all been amazingly good. So while I now have a 6" SCT for occasional use, I'll mostly stick to my small refractors.