Yesss, I made a totally senseless decision and pulled the trigger for the 102mm F11 ED refractor at TS telescope services. I am exited. I know that it is not a decision made with the head.... there are scopes around for the same or not substantially more money that will blow it away but hey, I like long refractors. I see it as a little corona present.... working at home all the time, a man needs new toys now and then.
I'd like to say good choice but haven't received mine yet so can't comment
My rationalisation was that we're virtually living on the beach and I don't want to subject my FC76 to these conditions (the same would apply if it was a Questar). But I still want refractor views from home, with a bit more oomph than the Galileoscope. The TS ticks all the boxes, good IQ, well-built, and less of a disaster if damaged by sand, salt or cleaning. The aim was not to get a meaningful jump in aperture - I'm quite happy with what the 3" can do, but similar performance at a lower cost & risk. Plus if I want more aperture, I can always just use the 8" dob I also have here, or borrow the 18" from the club house. But I suspect the TS will be just fine most of the time.