My budget is around 2000-2500$. I need a Telescope that gives me clear views of the moon and planets and it would be nice if I could see some deep sky objects as well. I would like to buy a GoTo mount with it to do some astrophotography with a 200mm camera lens or small refractor sometime in the future. I live in Germany under a Bortle 4 sky, so I would use it in my backyard. This seemed like a good deal for me: https://www.telescop...160/p/24764.uts
Based on your criteria, I think that would be a good choice, especially if you can store it in a convenient, ground level location so you don't have to make multiple trips up and down stairs. And if you can store it in a well ventilated garage or shed, you can reduce the thermal adaptation time and may be able to store it, fully assembled and move it on a cart.
Maks take a while for thermal adaptation, at least an hour for a scope that size. If you can store it outside, at ambient temperature, you can cut this time down as compared to if you store it in the house.
Don't forget to plan to add eyepieces. Based on the 2700 mm FL of the scope, the included 25 mm Plossl eyepiece will give you 108X and about .48 degree field of view, just about the span of the full Moon.
For planets you will want to be able to go to higher powers. This can be done with individual single FL eyepieces or with a zoom eyepiece.
For a Zoom I would suggest the Baader Hyperion Clickstop 8-24 zoom. You won't need the Barlow option for this scope. That eyepiece would give you 112X to 337X and everything in between. That will get you off on a good start.
The field of view will not be as wide as some single focal length eyepieces, but for planets and the moon, on a tracking GoTo mount, that should not be a problem. If you wish you can add single FL eyepieces later, once you have a good idea what you want.
The BH Zoom is my main eyepiece in my 12" scope.
It says it has a 2" visual back with a 1.25" diagonal. If I understand the spec, that means you could add a 2" diagonal so you could use 2" low power wide view eyepieces in the future. Good option for more flexible viewing of deep sky objects, some of which can be quite wide.
When you are ready, check with Orion to see which diagonal they would recommend. You may even consider doing this right away. Most people have one or two low power wide view 2" eyepieces with the rest being 1.25"
In addition to my own scopes I sometimes use a 14" SCT, F10, that has a 3550 focal length. Great on the Moon and planets. Also provides some beautiful views on smaller DSOs. That one has a 2" visual back and 2" diagonal so I can use my 2" eyepieces.
2" eyepieces can be quite expensive but with an F15 focal ratio, this one will be fairly forgiving of lower cost 2" eyepieces. If you want to grab a fairly inexpensive one to get started, the Orion Q70 38 mm might be a good choice. I have this for my scope. In yours it should work quite well at a modest cost in terms of what 2" eyepieces can cost.
With this one you would get down to 71X and a little less than 1 degree field of view, about double what you would get with the included 25 mm Plossl eyepiece. Most, but not all, DSOs will fit in this field of view.
Edited by aeajr, 24 January 2021 - 12:08 PM.