Thank you for all the great insights
Still not sure what I will buy, but I'm now oriented towards a Morpheus.
A side note of sort, just to show how in the end sky conditions may change everything even only moving you telescope few hundred meters.
I've mentioned above that I use the Heritage 130p while in or around the city, but I've a Orion XT10 that I use when I'm in the mountains. My mountain flat is being renovated, so I've moved the XT10 to another location, only few hundred metres away upstream along the valley. I could not use it during the whole COVID 19 lockdown thing, but now the lockdown has been somehow lifted and so we moved for a weekend away from the city among the hills. Last night the sky was somehow free from clouds so I took the XT10 outside in a small meadow to check some random target. Driving 10 minutes one could go in a lateral valley where the sky is truly dark, but I was eager to use the "big boy" after months, so the village meadow was ok. Keep in mind that this place is literally no more than 500 metres away from my regular home, so my expectation was that, given or taken fewer streert lights, I would be treated by the same conditions - this means M51 rather faint, M101 semi-invisible etc.
I pointed at M101 using the 30mm TS Optics ED Paragon and my jaws dropped - it was there to be seen, fully visible, with even a hint of arms structure. I could not believe my eyes. The view with the XCEL LX 25mm was even better and even the Omni 15mm was great and crisp. I moved to M51 and - suprise suprise - it was very luminous, with the bridge between M51 and NGC 5195 visible.This time I used the XCEL LX 9mm and the view was absolutely gorgeous, like the one I normally see on darker, Class 3 skies (here is Class 4).
I thought the sky condition were probably abnormally transparent and steady, so I loaded everything on my car and drove to the old place, 500 metres away. Pointed at the sky and M51 was back to its faint normal, and M101 was semi invisible.
The only real difference between the two places is that the old one has a obnovious street lamp just around the corner, but that's it. I can't put my head around how one single streetlight can make faint objects visibility so different, but that the only explanation.
Edited by korman643, 16 June 2020 - 03:29 PM.