I retired earlier than I had anticipated at the end of 2018 due to health reasons, concurrently underwent an unanticipated divorce, home sale, and resettlement into 2019, and COVID dodging in 2020. So my personal life and expectations went through a number of changes. The dust has settled now, and as a retired guy on a fixed income my buying power has diminished significantly. Fortunately, I acquired the bulk of the gear I wanted while I was working. This year I am picking up an AP1100 that should arrive in April; I expect this to be the last major astro purchase. I am set with everything I need to build a new and improved two pier observatory, and I have good travel gear for when I want to go to star parties. My new home was chosen because it is under Bortle 3ish skies in the rural Virginia countryside. Of course the occasional new camera or eye piece is quite doable, but I don't really want anything other than the gear I now own...
Unless, of course, a hefty platinum meteorite lands in my yard at which time I jump on the biggest available TEC APO I can get (the 200 would be just fine ) along with a suitable mount, and all inside a separate observatory (maybe something with a dome this time). But I am more than okay without that bit of luck, because I am plenty blessed already.
Edited by BKBrown, 26 February 2021 - 06:32 PM.