As I slowly regroup and meditate on my eventual telescope choice, I am reading reviews on some of the short tube refractors that I have in mind as portable, easy to use and affordable. But I keep reading about stripped threads and snapped off knobs, and it reminds me of the scope I just returned where the alt-az knobs kept coming apart.
How much do I need to spend to be able to count on the quality to last more than a few sessions? I was thinking that $200 for an 80mm doublet would get me a reasonably good scope. Had been looking at the Meade Infinity 80. But it seems the quality may be a problem.
If I need to spend more, I am willing to. What other models or brands should I consider in this size? I am also contemplating a table top 5inch reflector. But not as enthused due to loss of land use, and the collimation etc.
What brands or price level will get me into a bit more reliability?
By the way, I was out with binoculars tonight and I think I saw Casiopea (or part of it, anyway...) in the northern sky, if I was reading Stellarium right. It felt good! Hubby said there were a lot of stars out last night, but I was in a plane coming home from NY and missed it. Figures...