To me, it's a question of what do you really want out of a scope and how much are you willing to pay to get it.
Tak has their reasons for charging so much. Whether you agree with those reasons or not, is up to you and your wallet. No matter what fans are going to say, it all depends on what YOU want from a scope.
Personally, I'd NEVER pay that kind of money for what to me, is never enough payoff to warrant the price.
That's just me. I don't hold it against fans that would pay that much. I know a few.
What does bother me is people that try to convince others that they'll never be satisfied if they DON'T spend that kind of money to get the best of the best of the best.
I see it all the time.
There's also something that a Tak can't compete with.
I don't care what the fans say about the quality and all. There's the matter of physics.
Sure, maybe the quality can stretch so far, but when it comes down to it, a four-inch scope is NEVER going to see as faint as a 16-inch. It may very well split doubles better or see planetary detail better. If that's what you're going for, maybe you should spend twice as much for a Tak than you would for a 16-inch to get that. If you're into imaging, maybe a Tak is the best choice.
It all depends on what you want and how much you want to stretch your budget.
I'm not and never have been willing to go that far. I've looked, compared and said, "No way."
Before you get too worked up over this, if you haven't already, given the number of posts on this thread, try to find a few star party events, if that's even realistic in your area, and another thing...if it's even realistic that someone in one of those groups can even afford a Tak, try it out and see if it overwhelms you and makes you want to toss your 25-inch monster in the garbage and grab the nearest 3-4-inch Tak.
I'll bet it won't.
I'm just sayin'.