I currently have a Zhumell 12" Dob (f4.5?) that I picked up about 10 years ago when living on the west coast. I really enjoyed the scope there, but I have a hard time dedicating time to observing now that I am on the East Coast (upstate NY). We were able to enjoy a lot of camping this year which has reinforced the difficulty in moving around such a large OTA. The biggest issue is space, the OTA barely fits through our trailer's door!
I have been saving up, and am on target for about an $800 budget for a different scope. I have two candidates that are somewhat local, an 8" Meade UHTC LX200 GPS, and a 10" Meade Classic LX-200. Both are in budget and are full packages (OTA, Mount, Tripod). I believe they are both f10.
So, I wanted to check in with the group here and see what the opinions were about this type of scope for use on multi day camping trips. The main positives for me are: Smaller pieces for transport (although still heavy), tracking mount, reasonable aperture.
Am I headed down the right path looking at a SCT?
Would a refractor be a better option in this price range?
Any major concerns about the older Meade SCT's? (I am handy with electronics, so I am OK with possibly swapping capacitors, or even control boards if needed).
Thanks in advance for any info you may have!