My minimalist setup is the Galileoscope I've got on a photo tripod. It is the only telescope I have which requires absolutely nothing more than the tube and the mount. I keep the Barlow in my pocket when I'm not using it. Its lenses are so recessed I don't worry about lint or scratches. If dust gets in there I suck it out. I have powers of 25 & 50, and I seldom use it with other eyepieces unless I'm already out with other scopes. On a few occasions I have gotten my 6mm eyepiece (83x) out to look at Mars or Saturn, or my 32mm Plossl to look at wider fields. It requires no table, no chair, and no eyepiece box. I can pick the whole thing up with my hand, and it takes moments to stow away in the car.
A 50mm f/10 refractor is enough to show you Saturn's rings, Galilean Moons, Jupiter's Cloud Bands, features on the oppositional Mars, a very nice Moon. It can even show the Pleiades, Orion Nebula, Double Cluster, and Andromeda Galaxy. I also found M8 & M22 with it at one point. In theory, in a darker sky, a 50mm scope can see every Messier object.
The Galileoscope is peak minimalism and an excellent design.
Before I got the Galileoscope, my main minimalist telescope was the FirstScope, which still requires the eyepiece case to come out, still requires a table and chair (unless I set it up on my car hood for quick peeks), and can't do planets.
When I want to look very high, the Galileoscope's lack of diagonal means I do need a chair. I extend the tripod as high as it goes and sit directly under it, with my legs between the tripod. Did that to look at the Mars/Moon conjunction last month.
Edited by Gregrox, 02 November 2020 - 09:03 AM.