If there's one thing CN is good for, it's a debate about telescopes. Consensus agreement is hardly ever reached, threads die, new ones start, and the cycle continues. To me, an ignorant newbie astronomer, I am incapable of understanding the passion behind these opinions. I'm pretty happy with almost any telescope I'm looking through.
So to understand these positions better, and to maybe put a bottom-line on the opinions held, I have a question and it's maybe not the one you're expecting. No, this is actually a diabolical, underhanded attempt to push you to your breaking point and question your very existence as an amateur astronomer. Be warned, some may find this topic unsettling.
And now, the question: if someone took away your APOs, your Dobs the size of grain silos, your Ethos eyepieces, your night-vision goggles never to be seen again forever, would you up and quit? What is the "worst" equipment you would use without majorly impacting your interest in the hobby?
If you're a Big Dob fan, could you amuse yourself night after night with a 3" refractor or 5" OneSky? If you're a super deluxe premium APO fan, could you lower yourself all the way to a plebian achromat or an SCT? If you're a CAT fancier, would you sleep in the doghouse or would you get a divorce from amateur astronomy?