So here’s the situation. Have a Z8 dob and some pretty respectable eyepieces. But the son (9) is now super into space and wants to participate. Makes me super happy, but not sure the dob is the choice. With work and young kids, the dob unfortunately becomes more decoration and less instrument of use. The simple fact is, it won’t fit in the car with the kids on a drive to dark skies. And it’s a pain to lug out even to the balcony at the drop of a hat.
I think my son and I would get a lot more use and therefore enjoyment out of a decent refractor. It’d be nice to be able to use it for planets and the moon, but the dob always works for that at home. I’m wondering what a good refractor would be for trips to dark sky to see DSO. And by that I really mean primarily the Messier list.
Im hoping not to break the bank and would like to keep it under 500. And I’m also hoping my eyepieces would work with it. Refractors are rather foreign to me although I’ve been researching and reading reviews. Do they make them that will accept 2” eyepieces?
The eyepieces I have are the ES30, APM 20 100deg, Morpheus 9 and 6.5, and Meade 5000 5.5.