Hello all. I'm getting back into the game after about three years away, so essentially a noob...
I live in a heavily light polluted area in north Texas, which means that most of the time I'll be viewing the moon and planets. Will I drive out to some darker skies to view the solar system as well as DSOs and/or do AP? Probably. (By the way, I only mention AP because that means I'm getting an equatorial mount with whatever OTA I buy). Bottom line: I will spend a lot of time in the solar system, and most of that time on planets and the moon for now.
GoTo - Mostly familiar with Celestron and Meade mounts, but equatorial mounts are new to me, so very open to suggestions.
Easy-ish Setup - Otherwise I know I'll go outside less than I'd like to.
Planets! - Under good skies, I'd like a scope that will give me a decent balance between detail and size when viewing, but I'm primarily all about detail.
I have owned MCTs and SCTs in the past, and I'm not opposed to those, but I want to consider whatever fits my wants and needs best. That said, I have ruled out any type of scope that requires sorcery, fans and/or constant collimation, so I think Dobs and Newts are out. My budget is between 3-5k including the mount.
If I missed any key info that would help you help me, let me know and I'll get it posted ASAP. Thanks in advance!