Ha, that's funny skywatcher 99. I have the same issue as you with aesthetics. The black apertura looks sleek and almost like a furnishing. If I keep it in any of the rooms inside my house it will look pretty cool (well .... acceptable in my wife and kids opinion). The white ES with the side truss-like semicircular bearings kind of looks like shop machinery. I think I'll hear a fair share of complaints about it in the house.
The black vs. white heat transfer debate is interesting and I may have to put my mechanical engineer's hat on for that someday and chime in; but for now I'll stick to a few questions about the two scopes for those who own them. The ES 10" is $200 cheaper than the 10" Apertura but Apertura has more goodies, some of which I may need to start off. So i'm still on a holding pattern trying to weigh the pros and cons of each and see what i'll need right off the bat to do some decent viewing until I get some experience.
I'm trying to make a selection by comparing the ES and Apertura. I guess it's not exactly like comparing apples to apples but if any of you owners have insights it would be greatly appreciated. I have gathered that the mirrors may be the same but if not , they are highly comparable and good quality.
A few questions i've been pondering are:
For the ES owners:
Is the focuser ok? ES will upgrade to a 2-speed focuser for $71 more prior to shipping. Is it worth it or is the stock focuser fine?
Are either of the supplied eyepieces adequate or do they pretty much need to be changed out and upgraded immediately?
How do you collimate? No tools are provided. What did you buy to get started and how much $$ will be required?
Have you experienced a long cool down time due to a lack of fan and is it something that will probably be needed down the road?
Does the thru site finder need to be upgraded from the start to a RACI finder or tetrad or other?
If you have the 10" ES do you wish you had the 8" or vice versa ?
Do you feel the large altitude bearing is better than The Apertura's small altitude bearing
Can the tube be rotated for a different eyepiece angle and will planets shift by the same angle the tube is rotated?
IS coma a problem on the 10" scope?
For the Apertura owners:
IS the 30 mm 2" superwide a good eyepiece? the 1.25" 9 mm eyepiece?
Is the laser collimator accurate and will other collimation tools be needed or just the laser?
Is the fan a benefit or would it cool sufficiently fast without it?
is the image finder generally usable or will an upgrade, telrad or something else be needed shortly?
If you have the 8" ES do you wish you had the 10" or vice versa?
Is coma a problem on the 10" scope?
Any thoughts or comments would be helpful.