I'm at a bit of a crossroads here trying to decide if I should upgrade my camera or upgrade my telescope. The goal is to make an improvement in the quality of my imaging results. I'm aware that seeing conditions, collimation, sky conditions, etc.. all affect the overall end result of an image but all things being equal should I upgrade my camera or telescope? Here's my current gear setup.
I currently image with a QHY165C camera (APS-C OSC camera 16 megapixel and 4.83 micron size pixels)
a 6" maksutov newtonian comet hunter (731mm focal length at F 4.8)
I like the focal length of the scope so am looking for something similar in focal length. My question here is upgrading something like an Orion Optics UK CT8 newtonian with their excellent optics make for a noticeable improvement in my imaging?
Should I keep the mak newt and upgrade to a better camera like the QHY268C or ZWO ASI2600MC pro?
Ideally I'd like to upgrade both but the budget will only allow for one..
Which one do you think would yield me the best results in an upgrade? Also, I am open to suggestions on other scopes or cameras in the $2200 price range that would be as good or better options.