I have a deforked ETX 125 from about 2002, it sat in the original box for about 12 years and has been redeployed! I recently bought a CEM25P and some eyepieces. Having a great time with it but feel like I want something that will take me a bit deeper. I only do visual and will likely mostly just do visual for the foreseeable future. I would also like to use my existing eyepieces and maybe add a few.
So as the title suggests, I am considering an 8" or 9.25. I have no experience at all with refractors and so haven't been considering them. My viewing conditions are edge of town, Santa Fe. There is some light pollution but otherwise, cold clear nights at high altitude. So far I have had nice views of Orion Nebula. I could even faintly see M110 while viewing Andromeda and so would be excited about deepening the experience.
All opinions are welcome other than buying a different mount hence the 9.25 is probably the weight limit.