I know this is going to cause some heated debate, but I hope I can sift through the details and make an informed decision.
I am just about finished construction of my observatory, and have an iOptron CEM120 EC2 to handle just about any scope I can afford.
My goal is to delve into astrophotography of the smaller objects - galaxies and planetary nebula.
I have done well with wide angle work, but now I am ready to tackle the challenge of the smaller objects.
I also want to do some planetary imaging later on.
So I have $4K to spend on a scope. My observatory is a Nexdome - so about 8 feet diameter.
My seeing is pretty decent, and I have dark skies. My observatory is in rural central New Mexico, at about 6800 ft.
I am currently eyeing a C11 Edge HD.
Please post your thoughts as to different options, along with your reasoning.