I'll have to plug the manufacturer of my 10" travelscope (I had one of the first prototypes):
Top-notch, and they're distributed by Teleskop Service (aka www.teleskop-express.de), though IIRC they only carry the models up to 12".
Not sure he makes 16"-ers for the non-Benelux market. He did make a lot of 16" Alkaids and Canopus for the forum members in the past and they're all very satisfied, but whether he has time to make them also depends on how busy Teleskop Service keeps him.
Alkaid works quite well and it's EXTREMELY compact -- a box plus trusses. Here's a 16" Alkaid:
and this is the box it came in:
It's impressive to see someone go up a hill to an observing platform in just two hops, one with the scope and the other with the trusses and the eyepiece case...
If you have slightly more room, Canopus is slightly more rigid, with better collimation stability, vibration dampening and Az bearing smoothness. But unlike an Alkaid you can't just stick it in one corner of your car's boot ('trunk') and still carry all your 'normal' stuff. This thing makes its presence clear.
Here's the Dutch forum admin's 18"er (with beer bottle for scale):
Edited by sixela, 30 June 2020 - 08:50 AM.