This is probably the millionth thread on such a subject. I'm at the point where I'm finally feeling like moving to a larger aperture scope. My C6 has served very well, but, I have a 5 inch refractor that I use more often and they're too similar. So I'm thinking I'd like to use it as an excuse to go bigger.
Context: This is from an HEQ5/Sirius point of view with no real plans of changing that soon. Also, I'm ok with used and 20+ years old equipment.
I'm doing more visual lately, as I'm primarily an imager with my scopes and mount. However, one thing I really enjoy is specfically viewing and imaging individual named craters and features on the moon. I'm not a big planet imager, but that's probably because I only have 6 inch apertures or less and so I'm not able to really resolve things to a point that becomes super interesting yet until I go bigger. But, I wouldn't mind seeing more and imaging more of Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars.
The rational side of me thinks the C9.25 is the way to go. The weight is a good point for my mount. The aperture is great. But aperture fever law requires I also consider the heavier Meade 10" and of course a heavier C11. Used prices are a little different, but not all that much different, so really it's not about price at this point and more about getting the instrument that would serve better. Again, my head says the C9.25 would be the one to go with, as my mount can handle it perhaps and I'm not looking at extreme imaging, just the big fatties floating around, and some visual. But again, I can't help but wonder, go straigth to the 27lb~28lb area and stress the mount with a 10" or C11? Or be rational, and just go with a C9.25 and enjoy wondering what an extra inch would really do for the huge weight difference.... Sigh!