1. If the cluster looked dimmer then by definition it didn’t look as good. Larger color-free aperture equals more light.
2. Whether you see CA or not is irrelevant. It is in the design of the optic. You can’t see CA when used at low powers but that doesn’t mean it goes away, it just means that at low powers the aberration is too small to see. Of course, at low powers fine details are also too small to see. CA is always there. A better-figured lens will not change the amount of CA present, only a design change can do that.
3. The differences will manifest themselves when compared side-by-side and at higher powers.
Which point above are you disagreeing with?
Which point above is opinion and not fact?
Where did I say I “prefer” anything?
Where did I say these 6” refractors were inferior in "all" areas?
If you read my earlier post you would know I also own a fast achromat and love it for what it does.
No telescope is perfect. If you think these are then you are mistaken.
And BTW, you don’t have a clue about me so stop posting derogatory personal comments.
You clearly find it inferior, owning it or not. And you are 100% posting your opinion as fact. Thats not derogatory, that's how you are representing yourself.
You have your own thoughts, and again that's cool, but mine directly contradict yours. Also fine. To me, a view through a refractor is superior to a reflector. It's just what I like. Nothing you say will ever change that, regardless how irritated and defensive you get lol.