This is my first post in this forum, and I hope some of you can give me a helpful advice.
I (25 years) am currently looking for my first telescope. Atm I am using a celestron skymaster 15x70 bino which gives me a beautiful widefield view. But especially for looking up the zenith its quiet a pain for my neck.
I live in an apartment in the middle of Germany in a city with around 150.000 people. The sky is bortle 5-6. Thankfully, I can use the buildings roof terrace which gives me a good view to the south. But there are other apartments all around with disturbing lights. The terrace is two floors over my apartment, so the telescope needs to be portable to get it up the stairs. Additionally, it should be easy to set it up and not to bulky to store it easily. Since I have no car it would be perfect to take it to darker places out of the city by foot.
Due to the bright sky, I am mostly interested in watching the moon, planets, and some brighter DSOs like clusters.
I just want to enjoy it visually. (No astrophotography)
My budget is around 600$ for a first telescope set.
I thought about getting a slow 90-100mm refractor, but I am not sure how bulky it gets with a long focal length. Atm I am thinking about getting a 90-127mm Maksutov telescope due to its portability. But I am uncertain that finding objects will be too difficult due to the narrow fov. Newtonians seems to give me the best bang for the buck, but I am afraid that I need to collimate them regularly due to the transportation ans possible bumps on the way up and down the stairs
To sum it up these are my criteria:
1. Portable to get it up the stairs and take it out of the city by foot
2. No to bulky to store it comfortably in an apartment
3. Watching moon, planets, and brighter DSOs (bortle 5-6)
4. Just visual - no astrophotography
5. 600$ budget
Thanks in advance for any help with my struggle to find a good first scope