So here it is!
After about two months of research I believe I've found my ideal first scope, the Zhumell Z130 (a 130mm aperture f/5 tabletop Dobsonian).
At first I considered the AWB OneSky (SkyWatcher Heritage 130p), but after pouring through articles, reviews, and forums I've changed my tune.
Because the OneSky is a truss style collapsible scope I've heard stray light can become an issue, as well as condensation on the secondary mirror. I know creating a shroud could help with this, but honestly it's something I would rather just not deal with. I've also heard people complain that heavier eyepieces can cause the truss rods to sag and effect collimation. I haven't heard anything good about the helical focuser included with the OneSky either. According to most of what I've read the only advantages of the OneSky seem to be the charity donation they make when one is purchased, the quality of the eyepieces, and the included collimation cap. According to a few sources the optics for both scopes are identical. I can always purchase higher quality eyepieces later on.
I've been told by a few that I should just grab a classic 6" dob and call it a day, but the truth is I don't know that I want something that large right away. A smaller scope I'll actually lug outside or to a view site is better than a larger scope sitting in my house collecting dust. I figure if I get really into the hobby I'll save for a 10" or 12" in the future.
Afters tons of helpful advice from the wonderful members of this forum I plan on purchasing the Astro Systems light pipe/sight tube combo tool for collimation.
I'm ready to pull the trigger, and plan on ordering this coming Friday. If anyone has any last minute advice, suggestions, or warnings PLEASE let me hear them now. I'm beyond grateful for this community and the kind helpfulness of those in it.
Thanks for everything,