Thank you in advance for any and all feedback. I'm struggling with too many choices. So I will start with the desired use and then move on from there.
These will not be in order.
-Telescope and Mount to be robust enough for offroad camping trips - Picture a Grand Wagoneer in the middle of nowhere and having to get there, i.e. not on roads.
Telescope will be stored in a pelican or hardigg case (water and dust proof with lots of foam padding)
-Relatively quick setup times, say 30 minutes (this does not include temperature acclimation as I'm assuming being in vehicle/campsite it's going to be close to ambient temp).
-I want to see planets but more importantly I want to see Deep Space Objects - galaxies, nebula, etc.
-I am not currently interested in stellar photography but I would like the option of taking a few pictures of what I'm seeing with a mount for a phone camera or small travel camera...I do not have a fancy dslr or such.
I took a cool picture of the moon yesterday in the daytime with my android and a Leupold 60mm 15-45x spotting scope on a 1980's vhs camera tripod....it was annoying but gratifying.
Tried it at night and while I could view the moon really well with the spotting scope the camera couldn't handle the brightness.
-I want to buy once cry once. So if I need to spend the majority of the budget on a manual equatorial mount (that has the option of adding a motor later) that will support a refractor or reflector of up to whatever size then I'm fine with that.
I know that there is not 1 scope that does it all so I know I might have more than 1 scope later on and they will probably be different types but it would be great if they used the same mount.
-Same thing with eye pieces if the better ones are 2" vs 1.25" then I'd like the scope to take a 2" without adapters so I can buy medium to higher end eyepieces.
I know this is confusing lets just say I want the accessories (mount, motor, eye pieces) to be higher quality and then the scope itself is the item to be upgraded/replaced/etc, 80mm upgrade to 127mm or 6" up to 10", whatever.
I know I mentioned budget....lets start at $1,000 but keep it under $2,000.
Let the comments begin.