Hello again all. I have pondered and pondered about what my first telescope should be. I believe I've got it narrowed down to three main choices. I live in a rural area so light pollution isn't a factor for me. Light pollution map shows me to be in a Bortle 4 sky. I definitely know I want a GOTO mount. I want wifi so that I can control the mount with the SkySafari app. I will be viewing some with my grandson who's 5 going on 6 and I believe the app will be so cool for him to be able to control the telescope with some guidance from me. I'm looking to for an all around visual scope. No AP planned for this first scope. I have read enough to know that there are definitely differences in a visual and AP rig. I will list what I think about each telescope choice for me and would appreciate any feedback ya'll would be willing to give me. Thanks in advance.
1. Evolution 6
Seems to be a great mount. Built in battery and wifi. I have seen good things all around about the evolution series. Only limiting factor in this for me is the aperture size. Me being less that experienced I'm concerned that it will not be enough. The price is in my budget and I will be buying from High point that includes a bundle with some EP's. I know they won't be the best but they will get me started and that's what counts. Another positive of this mount is that you can use a manual scope by releasing the clutches. Also if in the future I want to mount a refractor to the mount I can and have a goto refactor setup.
2. Evolution 8
My personal favorite. Same mount as above but with bigger scope. Oh i forgot about the built in battery on both of these mounts. Less to carry out and around. Only problem is the price. Slightly above budget. I'm getting impatient to get a scope and start looking. I could wait and save a bit longer and the price would fall in line.
3. Used CPC 800
I haven't seen this telescope in person but in talking to the seller it was never used. Some parts still unopened. I did see pictures of the OTA and could see no issues in the pictures. It was purchased as a bundle for $2400. Asking price is $1200. Seems to be a great deal. Included were the power pack and EP's. Again not high quality EP's but they will suffice for a novice such as me. Same OTA as the Evolution 8 I believe? Down fall to this is no way to remount the OTA or add a refractor later in life. Also I will be adding the wifi attachment if i go this way.
There are several good points in favor for all these telescopes.
Could someone with experience tell me the visual difference in the 6" and 8" SCT. If the difference isn't going to be appreciable I will probably forgo the used CPC 800 in favor of the Evolution 6. If not and I can't make myself wait I'll probably buy the CPC 800. This rabbit hole called amateur astronomy just gets deeper and deeper the longer you look at things.
Again thanks for any and all responses.
Clear Skies to all!