I have been loving my Lunt 50 so far. I have it piggy-backed on my Evo 8 so I can control/slew from a remote location in a dark space. However, I have been amazed at all the high-res surface shots that many of you have posted. So I may need to dig my personal money pit a little deeper and get a larger aperture and a quark.
I first considered getting an off-axis filter for my Evo 8 but that only goes to 63 mm. Hardly much of an upgrade and many of you have previously posted that you need 100-120 mm to start to get some good detail. And the full aperture filters are way out of the price range, although that would be ideal.
There are tons of refractors and mounts to choose from but I discovered the Celestron Nexstar 102 SLT and I am wondering how that would work? It has a motorized goto mount that I can remotely control so I like that. The focuser seems a bit cheap and not sure if it would support the weight of a quark so I would probably want to replace it. Although I can't tell if it is removable. The price is certainly right and my understanding is that you don't need a high-end refractor for just Ha so I am wondering if it is good enough optically. I like visual but I also like imaging with a ASI 178MM.
There are plenty of other reasonably-priced refractors, but to get a motorized mount to handle the weight gets a bit pricey. That is why this looked like a nice option. It is 102 mm, 660 FL, f6.5
Thanks in advance for your advice.