I am going to upgrade--
Here is my situation: I understand optics and know there is a law of diminishing returns. I purchased a Celestron 6SE a few years ago and could not figure it out--poor choice for a complete beginner. I thought the construction/design was good. I never could get it to align and I sold it.
I started over again and bought a Meade Infinity 102--I have used it for a year, upgraded some eypieces, am very comfortable finding the brighter Messiers and of course the planets.
I have a good system when I do out--charts, chair, I even can get out to a pretty dark sky--15-20 miles away from a city. About 20 minutes away--
So here's the story--I think I have gotten all I can from the Meade--good scope, mount leaves alot to be desired--focus is tricky when going up in magnification.
I want to punch deeper into the cosmos--very very difficult with a point and go wobbly mount.
What are my options?
1. Now that I have a better understanding of the sky, do I try again with the 6SE? Around $800
2. Is the 8"SE better or does that push the limit of that mount? Around $1200
3. How much LESS of a scope is the Celestron 5SE? (5" vs. 6" vs. 8")
4. I will not be using a camera and do not plan on using WIFI on a laptop.
Do I go all out and buy the Evolution? Starting at $1400
I really don't want to spend the farm on this--Is the Evolution worth the cost or does the SE do everything I would use it for. I get out about once a week in the backyard. I have a truck so a small car is not a limit when I need to pack things up.
Is there another alternative better than average more than entry level scope I am not seeing?
Edited by Supergiant, 27 September 2020 - 08:12 PM.