My only input to OP is this. It is vital to be clear about how you plan to observe, and under what conditions. The choice of what you do and how you do it may be very different than what you imagine.
In my case for example -- after a few months of getting back into the hobby (after 17 year break), I have realized with the urban environment I have, light pollution will be a big hindrance for visual. I am going to enjoy planets visually - to a limited extent. I can likely see faint fuzzies, perhaps a few galaxies. A truly dark site is roughly 4 hours away so I am not doing it with any predictable frequency.
I dove into the hobby and spend several thousand dollars buying visual stuff - a couple of OTA's, mounts (for different reasons), etc etc,
Then the second realization that although its awesome to go to a dark location (even a dark field or parking lot) to observe, its not likely to happen very frequently with my schedule. And its cold outside where I am.
So whats an urban person to do?
Luckily I discovered what others on CN discovered years ago. The concept of using cameras instead of eye pieces and viewing on a laptop or a TV screen instead of peering thru an eye piece standing outside for hours in the cold. And the ability to do this from your backyard (as long as less than say 50% obstructed) without having to pack and lug and unpack, and repack, and lug and load and unload. Not to mention, in your backyard you dont have to worry about impossible power requirements - or those that can realistically only be filled by heavy duty marine / auto batteries etc.
In my case I believe (at least for now) my astronomy experience is best served by EAA and some visual flexibility. I am not in this (yet) to take the best photographs - just enjoying the wonders of the sky as I hunt them. Cameras can see so much more than my eyes and the entire family is having fun.
This above is a realization that would make a big difference in what I buy.
In my case, I have ended up with a very fast RASA 8 OTA which is amazing for large and medium sized deep sky objects. I have a second OTA Celestron Edge 8 that I am planning to use for the small (a few mins) deep sky objects plus planetary for visual and EAA.
Your own lifestyle, hobby interest, location, weather conditions, etc will drive your perspective on what is ideal for you. Everyone's situation is unique. Jumping into a big purchase is certainly a way into it but its also worthwhile to what will be the most sustainable way you will enjoy the hobby.
Edited by SanjeevJoshi, 01 December 2020 - 01:50 PM.