I'm entirely visual, and entirely grab-n-go: we drive waaay back into the back country in Utah (look up where Hanksville is, then imagine driving 2 hours on a dirt road from there). I setup and observe for a couple hours before going to the camper and calling it a night. I have been known to get a few "honey, it's way past bedtime" calls from the camper, but generally an hour or two is about it.
I currently have a SW 100ED, and I just got an iOptron iEq30 pro (but have not used the mount in anger).
I have been observing for about a year now, and I realize I am hooked and ready to spend some more and either upgrade OTAs, or maybe buy some supporting OTAs to go with what I already have.
Basically, given a $2K budget, would you sell the 100ED and buy one scope to drag around, or would you instead buy two additional OTAs and take all three lower-quality ones with you?
More than anything, I'd like a little more reach. The planets are really small in the view. Additionally, I'd like to start looking at non-planets because I realize, there's a whole universe out there
A) Keep the 100ED and add two $1k/each scopes to your arsenal? (C8 edge? SW 150 Mak? Mak-Newt of some kind?)
B) Dump the 100ED and get One Scope To Rule Them All, maybe a C9.25 edge? APM 140?
I'm really worried I won't like the SCT so I don't want to spend all that money only to sell it and lose $500. Also I think a Dob is out of the question, as the truss-tubes models will get sand in them where I'm setting up, and I think it's just too much to add to what I already have.)
What say you?
(Thanks to all who respond!)
Edited by blamkin86, 11 January 2019 - 10:57 AM.