I feel like I need to go to my CPC800 and give the classic "I'm sorry but I've met someone else" speech.
I think laziness over taking my CPC out and setting it up and in incredible deal ($1500 new as a silver grade refurb) were my reasons for getting my refractor (see signature) as a second scope just to get me outside viewing more. But somehow I have unintentionally gotten to the point that its the only scope I need.
I get that larger apertures give me a bigger view on planetary (with good seeing) and let me see more for DSO's (in dark skies), but the views with this scope are just so much better quality than I was used to not to mention easier and faster to get going that now its the CPC that is going out the door and I don't think I will bother with another scope until somewhere later in life in hopefully darker skies (it gets into the dark blues on the light map within 1/2 hour of here) with a fixed artillery position sized dob that can show me enough to be worthwhile over what I have now.
I almost laughed when I read the ad for the 20" $8000 dob that said you can see "a hint of color in deep sky objects". If everything between that and my 5" is just more black and white detail I'm not sure I will have the inclination to bother even then. Zero collimation and essentially no cool down time with the ability to easily move it anywhere spoils a person fast.
Anyone else suddenly find their small to mid sized refractor purchase has pushed larger scopes to the sidelines?