...well, I've seen that ad Andrew (if it's still there) & I know some folks don't like those alt/az drives although quite a few people seem to overcome that or else become very proficient regardless...& I have looked at quite few of Billy's different planetary images in his astrobin gallery, albeit with the 12" version...so I'd think quite long & hard about it - perhaps..!?!
Hardly an emphatic statement from me I appreciate but the way I see it is that newts don't lend themselves to such easily-accurate star-test collimating as SCT's tbh...perhaps another personal statement...but Billy's images with the XT12G aren't rubbish either!
DISCLAIMER: KM takes no responsibility whatsoever for whatever scope Andrew spends (or wastes!) his hard-earned $'s on..!!!
Thanks, my first "dip a toe in the water" scope was a $100 2nd hand Celestron 130EQ Newtonian, a manually operated horror that caused me more pain than pleasure. It was a happy day when I picked it up, but a happier day when sold it for what I'd originally paid. I find collimating the SCT much easier and don't really want to go back ... And if the advice from someone who's used it (or something similar) is try something else, well, I'll try something else.
There's a nice CPC 9.25 on Gumtree right now, albeit for $2800 and I'd have to pick it up from Qld, or a CPC 1100 just down the road at $4300. Maybe I'll start a GoFundMe page, or buy another Powerball ticket this week .