Focal ratio has nothing to do with it for my uses. All about aperture. As I said, was contemplating replacing my 102 and 81 duo with a single scope in the middle like 92mm would be. So not an apples-oranges compare at all but an apples to apples since aperture is the only differentiating quality given form factor size difference is meaningless for my uses. Actually, my 102 and 81 together cost less than the 92! The 102 is more capable and when I do travel taking the <$1k 81 is a lot less stressful than would be taking a 3-4x higher priced 92 !!
I beg you to reconsider Bill! Look, if in the end you want out of it you would have zero problem selling it for what you have in it. These aren’t logical instruments and trying to justify them using solely logic is missing the point. Astro-Physics scopes are an experience unlike any other. At the level you’re at in this hobby, you owe it to yourself to try this one. It fits most of your requirements nicely. And you will have gained the experience from it (you’re big on this Bill I know!) and will then speak from an experienced point of reference after it...Priceless!!! It just so happens there is no cost in this venture...just your time, the money will come back to you. Yes...Yes...I am calling you out on the carpet and challenging you Bill to buy and try and tell us of your experience after! Maybe, just maybe, after the experience you will become a believer likevthe rest of us. It may not be logically explained or justified...but challenge yourself to discovery!!!
Thanks, Bill, as it increases my chances of getting one a little, too. If you do decide to try one and don't like it, you can always find people to sell it to who will put them to use instead of storing them away in a closet for 10 years as a collectors item only.