Most of my astro purchases have been incremental. Buying a larger Newtonian to replace a smaller one, a larger mount to replace a smaller one, etc. As such, I pretty much knew what to expect.
Then there is the Unknown. The most anxiety for me was getting a NV eyepiece. I had zero hands-on experience with one, I just went off some CN posts and articles. In 2015 I tried video astronomy and did not like it very much, selling that equipment at substantial loss. Would this be a more expensive repeat?
It turned out to be the best money I have spent (so far) in 35+ years of astronomy.
Plus one on the Night Vision Image Intensifier eyepiece.
I did as much reading as I could but never used one personally. But it has turned out to be one of the best astro purchases that I’ve made.
I’ll add another. In 1989 I bought a new Astro-Physics 6” refractor. And although I had looked through refractors before, I had never even seen an Astro-Physics refractor let alone look through one.
It too turned out to be one of the best astro purchases I’ve made.
Edited by bobhen, 21 July 2019 - 06:12 PM.