Hello all, I have been observing for just shy of a year. Still a beginner, but I'd like to change out my scope. I currently own a skywatcher 200p F5, mounted on a CG5 and 2" tripod. I love the scope, and have done quite a few upgrades, but have been humming and hawing about using a dobsonian mount vs eq mount. I enjoy the fact that I can stand and observe, and the slow motion controls are awesome, especially for planetary and lunar observing. But it can take me into some pretty funky positions. I thought about just building my own dob mount, but am curious if I can find a 10" package with good optics by todays standards and great build quality.
As far as I've seen, in Canada, the most popular 10" scopes that shops carry are the skywatcher classic, and the explore scientific firstlight. I don't think truss or collapsibles appeal to me. My preference from those two would be the firstlight, it looks like a great scope. Brand new, it would run about $1000 CAD. If I made the switch, I plan to sell my skywatcher with EQ mount and aluminum tripod, low profile focuser, and 2" steel tripod, which would cover about half of the purchase.
I'm also not looking for accessories. I currently have a telrad, and plan on a RACI, 30, 25, and 10 mm plossl', 31.5 90 deg speers waler, sky mentor 8-24mm zoom, TV nagler 17 t4, and a 14mm delos. I plan to sell the 14mm delos (was comparing naglers to delos), and grab a 10mm delos to fill the 2mm exit pupil. The rest of my goal eyepieces will be acquired slowly as I watch the used market here in canada.
So I suppose I am just wondering about other members opinions, and how the dob mount will compare to using an EQ. I'd like this to be a "long time" purchase, so a well built scope is preferable, but I am guessing mass produced scopes are all close in quality. I'd also like decent optics, but am willing to replace the secondary somewhere down the line if need be. Lunar and planetary are what I observe the most being in a light polluted city, but I have the chance to get out to darker skies occasionally so it would be a jack of all trades. I will continue to watch the used market, but its a scarce market. Thank you, any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated!