And the universe is back in balance.
I have sold some telescopes over the years to fund new purchases year after year trying out which brands or size I like and which systems for what is best in my area. Certainly not to the degree of CHAS - put his journey is tempting.
I allways bought my equipment with nice discounts or good prices 2nd hand. That enabled me to try them out and then sell again with a minor loss - this seems to be the best tactis and then stay with what you really like.
My last dream is a permanent obsy (will be a roll off) - this is a project for 2020 - I`m working on it - being tired of carrying out heavy fracs like the TMB LZOS 6", the 14" Meade or the 8" CFF plus the suitable mount. Setting up was time consuming and a hassle all the time - same for tearing down. This would allow in 1st place to spend more time under the stars - switch on the power roll off the roof and observe. We all know this - beeing too lazy to kick oneself in the butt to set up large optics for 2-3 hours of observing!!
I bow for the ultimative drive of Kent - putting up his TEC 200 every possible night!!
To come back to the initial question: I`m ready to pay for a premium thing (For example high end hifi) if I can get my hands on it (at a reasonable discount for me or buy it 2nd hand). If I have to decide to part or need to sell - I`ll get my money almost back if I have the pacience to wait for a person who really want`s it and enjoy the performance it is giving.
And there are as well the thoughts, dreams and journey to marry with a piece of art - giving you fun and enjoyment when you use it - not to mention the effect just to look on them even not in use.
It was about a 45 years journey, lot of fun - keeping me going - once income grow budget was available.
Certainly to have two boys supported to finish university was the first objective and prime focus - but they have made there way and now it`s funtime!
But now I feel it can go different but not any better ;-)! Swaping scopes for example is over now - same is for hifi - believe I reached the treshold.
Main thing is what ever you own in terms of equipment - enjoy what you have and discover the magic of the sky - inline with the budget you can and will effort!
Just my 2 cent cheers Oliver
Edited by Astrohobby, 13 January 2020 - 09:10 AM.