I currently have the Stellarvue Access 80 with the 0.8x reducer/flattener so gets me to 480mm using my t7i DSLR.
I bought a used skyguider pro (with ipolar) (zwo461 and 30mm guidescope) and upgraded everything to WO. It is now a very robust system. While I am pretty sure I could get away with 480, my life would be simpler it I got something faster. A quick search -
Redcat 51....250ish focal length...$750
Sharpstar 61EDPHII f/5.5 with 0.8 reducer 270ish focal length.....$700
Raptor 61 - seems over priced
I really want to stay 5lbs or less....
Is there a generally accepted "best small refractor". I can spend around $1k (tops).
Thanks for any guidance or advice on the topic of small refractors