Hello new astro friends. I'm a complete newbie having never looked through a telescope. I am old but active and strong. My interest is visual eg planets, bright DSOs and especially the lunar surface which I want to study in detail.
The ability to attach an astro camera down the road for individual pics would be an asset. I don't see a Dob set-up practical due to adverse winter conditions here in rural Ontario eg 2-3" of snow in the backyard. Bortle 4.
I want a grab & go system. From my research, I have identified the following possibilites:
1. S-W AZ-GTi mount. I don't have years/decades to learn the heavens on my own (not morbid just realistic)
2. either the S-W Skymax Mak127 or 102 AZ-GTi package. The 1-2 hour cool down time of the 127 concerns me as a grab & go
3.a refractor eg S-W EvoStar ED Apo 72 or 80. I'v read here of the joys of a small ST refractor. Even if I don't get into astrophotography (likely) is an APO worth the extra $$ ?
I'm not looking for top of the line but I want quality.
My current binoculars ( below) are great for terrestrial but I'm a bit disappointed as far as the heavens are concerned. Comments re Celestron Skymaster DX 8x56 please
thanks for your help. I'm very impressed with CN.
equipment: Nikon P900, Vortex Razor HD 10x42, skyguide app, several astro books