I agree with you with one exception.
There is a need, at least for me and I believe for many others, to be afraid of chasing aperture. I remember when I first looked through my RV-6, a 6 inch F8 Newtonian from Criterion I purchased in the late 1960s. My first view of Jupiter through it was awesome! I still have my journal with drawings in it using that telescope. So, what were my first thoughts after looking at Jupiter that first night? "Wow, if a six-inch can show detail on Jupiter like that, think about what an 8 inch or 10 inch or.. will show. I had hardly finished observing before I was already interested in moving up in aperture. Not being satisfied with what you have and being obsessed with increasing aperture can be a huge distraction and, for me, a real problem.
After 50 years of observing, after using Newtonian Reflectors, Schmidt-Cassegrainds, Maksutovs and Refractors, I developed a primary interested in observing the moon, planets and double stars. I concluded that, for me, there was not a need for aperture over about 8 inches and absolutely no desire for a scope requiring collimation. Refractors and Maksutovs do everything I need and without worrying about collimating or what a scope with more aperture than what I own might show.
It took a long time, often learning the hard way, buying scopes with huge aperture only to end up dissatisfied, to come to the conclusions I have and I am happy to have dropped out of the aperture race.
Edited by JimP, 10 June 2017 - 07:43 AM.