A long time ago, I had an 18" Dob. I built a wheeled base for it. It lived set up in my garage, and when I wanted to observe, I wheeled it out to my large driveway, and there I was, ready to go. It was great.
Then things changed. I moved to a different house where I had no place to keep the scope set up. I kept it for awhile, and tried taking it to dark sites and assembling it there for a night of viewing. It was designed as a lightweight scope, designed to be portable. Of course, the mirror was heavy, but I was young and strong then, and I could certainly lift it. However, setup and collimation became factors. Unless I knew I had a large amount of time for an observing session, I didn't feel like going to all the trouble. Easier if I had a helper, but I didn't often.
I sold that scope. It was a lovely scope. But under current circumstances, I do not miss it. If I ever live where I could have a big Dob in a permanent observatory, then I would have one. If I had a garage again like before, or if I had a lifestyle that allowed me to take a scope off for a long weekend at a dark sky site, I would strongly consider it. My club has a 25" Dob that goes to star parties in its trailer, and has three men to set it up and take it down, and it is still a heck of a job for one night. I would not want that job on my own for a 16" Dob. Just food for thought. You may be young and strong and highly motivated, and can safely ignore the thoughts of an old woman with a bad back!
Edited by Voyageur, 23 September 2020 - 09:16 AM.