Up until recently I had a Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ which was great (though I did struggle with locating objects at times) I managed to get some great pictures of the moon, and some (not so great) of Jupiter and it's moons (mostly just bright dots, no detail)
I'm looking on upgrading so I can see further into space and get better details with pictures. Would anyone be willing to give their opinion on my next telescope?
I've been thinking about the Celestron NexStar 130SLT, but a friend of mine recommended the Celestron NexStar 8SE. There's not a great price-point difference between the two, but is the increase in price "worth it" for the NexStar 8SE? Primary focus would be to view the planets, etc but I would like to get some great pictures as well, and I've heard that the NexStar 8SE is too light to hold a DSLR.
I've heard arguments about which is better - Dobsonian (the 8SE) or Newtonian (the 130SLT) but not enough to deter me one way or the other. Other than these 2 telescopes, are there any other recommendations (and reasons) for a good telescope that will enable me to get some great astrophotography images without completely breaking the bank?
Thanks in advance,