I am currently scopeless; I was hoping to get something for the upcoming conjunction but most things are out of stock. I plan to get another SCT, but I still want another small refractor; I've had a WO ZS80 ED and an AT66 ED. I don't know that I really need a nice refractor, but I'm wondering if I will be disappointed in the cheap ones given what I'm used to.
It seems most of the cheap ones have poor focusers and poor mounts, which can be a constant source of frustration. The main ones I'm looking at are the ES Firstlight 80 and 102 (short) on the Nano mount. It says it supports 15 lbs but it doesn't say how much the OTAs weigh, and I don't know about the focusers. I didn't find many reviews here. I am also intrigued by the Celestron Starsense Explorer 102 but after reading about the reviews it seems a bit much to pay for the quality of scope.
So should I just be patient until I can get a better one?