I cannot see myself ever doing imaging DSO imaging with an SCT, even with the 0.7x reducer.
I am curious why you would say that.
I also quit the hobby some years ago and am now back in...since about May of this year. I went with the SCT because that is what I am familiar with. My interests were visual and planetary to get my feet wet on AP. I rapidly progressed to wanting to do DSO’s. Now, we all know that an SCT is not the preferred optic for DSO’s, especially a non-Edge type, but that is what I have and I will work through it as far as it can be taken. I’m not an unlimited budget kind of guy. If I wanted to switch right now I’d have to sell out and start over. I cannot afford 2 rigs.
But the fact is that truly “deep” DSO’s pretty much need an SCT. If you like those wide field, zillion stars, shots, then refractors are a walk on the park to do them. But for me, I love a challenge. I will definitely grab a refractor down the road for those types of targets, but I want galaxies (no, not M31).
EDIT; and to address your original topic...both. A planetary rig for your SCT is cheap in comparison to the DSO end of the pond. Quick, easy, and fun to do when the moon is interfering. I haven’t even done lunar yet and am looking forward to that.
Edited by KTAZ, 17 September 2020 - 10:23 AM.