do not forget there are many wonderful .965 eyepieces available. They are not cheap, but companies like Zeiss, Tak, Nikon and others while expensive made many great .965" eyepieces which are still cherished today.
The very best ones are not cheap, but still cheaper than the modern ones. Not mentioning if you post a classifieds you might get a whooping deal. But at long focal length even the normal ones are quite forgiving anyway.
Regarding hobby killer: nah-it's more like a marketing term thrown around. Truth is even the worst hobby killer would be able to hook you up with the view of the moon for the first time. It's more of the person rather than the scope.
Edited by Bowlerhat, Yesterday, 06:39 PM.