As a new observer with very little experience it's hard to ask for feedback when there are so many of you with a life-long passion for astronomy and literally thousands of hours of experience. And the refractor forum seems to be a place of high intensity discussion. As a technical person I've always tended to over analyze and over research everything.
I'm certain that I will buy a new APO and probably place an order sometime before the end of the year. Based on reading many posts on refractors in the 4-6" size class I've centered in on the upper end of this class and specifically the TEC 160. At 61 I'm getting a bit tired of the 60# C11 top assembly and feel that something on the order of 30# per component will be doable for many years ahead.
There will not be any AP in my future as I'm just not interested in it. I do love to take pictures with my smartphone but I do not consider it to be AP in the traditional sense. For this reason I'm considering the Losmandy G11G with the HD tripod as the mount. I know from my reading that it all starts with the mount. I'll probably buy the mount first and soon and defork the C11 and put it on the G11G.
With the above background information I'd like feedback on the use and portability of a 6" size class refractor, the adequacy of a G11G for such, and any "must haves" in the way of accessories.
As a secondary consideration I'd like feedback on the potential of the TEC 160 to replace the C11. The best answer is to compare them both side by side but this would not be an option for quite some time, so any thoughts on this as well would be helpful. And yes, the deforked C11 will weigh in at less than my 30# limit so keeping both is an option but I'd still like replacement feedback.