Wow what a community! This is my first post, so bear with me. I’m trying to decide on my first scope. I live in the northern suburbs of Chicago. I’ve joined a astronomy club and have had a opportunity to observe through a 100mm Vixen and a CT-6 early in the evening on what the members said was a poor night for viewing. I thought it was pretty darn amazing!
I’ve been offered a SkyWatcher 120ed apo with all the extras and an upgraded focuser with an eq mount for $1100. I’m really drawn to an 8-10 inch Dobsonian. I found this dob hhttps://romer-optics...h-easy-push-to
I like the go-to function on this but I’m not sure if the software is mature enough for my old feeble mind.
I have messed with the aforementioned Vixen eq mount and found it pretty strait forward.
I’m going to mostly view from home but will go to a darker site with the club. Neither scope will be a problem moving and size and storage is not an issue.
I realize aperture is king but I’m thinking ease of setup may be more important. I’ve read the dob is easier and I’ve read the refractor is easier. Most of the time I’ll be taking the scope out of the garage and on to the driveway.
I’m not sure of my goals as far as seeing. I pretty much want to see all that is possible within the confines of my limit of money spent; about $1000.
I’d appreciate any advice.