I'm very new to astronomy, having bought my first scope (70mm Meade Refractor) within the last month or so. I've read a little about GoTo mounts and I definitely think it's something that I'd be interested in, particularly when observing with friends when Covid isn't such an issue. I guess I have a lot of beginners questions about which mounts are generally considered high-quality and what to look out for when thinking about purchasing.
If I was to seriously think about purchasing a GoTo mount then would I be better off getting just the tripod & mount and using my current refractor? Or is it more sensible (& cost effective?) to purchase a new OTA too?