I do not want to quote each reply separately and mess up the topic, so I will try to react rather generally. I hope I do not forget to react to any of you
Just to clarify my current (and future) situation: I watch and imagine from the terrace of my flat which is almost in the centre of a 1.2 million city so the conditions are not good, actually borderline terrible. Therefore the DSO wow effect is not that much there. Globular clusters are beautiful in the newtonian, but that is about it. It is almost impossible to visually see galaxies or anything else. That is also why I got the EQ mount and got a camera - to expand my possibilities to see anything.
However, one good thing - to use my scope and mounts I just have to move them a few metres to the terrace, so portability is actually not an issue. Further, there is no wind in the terrace so the fact the newtonian is huge does not really bother me much.
I know that no scope is perfect for everything and that a serious amateur astronomers should have more of them, so I consider it certain that in the future I will expand my collection not with just one scope we are talking about now. So getting a maksutov does not mean never getting a refractor or vice a versa.
As regards my observing or imaging goals - hard to say, I like everything in the sky:) I guess the least important for me is the truly wide all sky images.
What follows from the above (positive and negative things speaking for or against each of them):
+ I understand that I could get nice wide field views
- the benefit of it being more portable and less unwieldy than the newtonian is not too important for me, actually almost not at all
- it seems that refractors are more expensive, so for the same price I could get a nice huge maksutov but not that an impressive refractor
- I forgot to mention, but I also have some DSLR objectives to use with the mount and camera to get wide field views (I know that is not comparable with using a refractor)
+ I do not care much about cool down, as I have no issue with taking the scope out a few hours before using it, as it would be safe on my terrrace the whole cool down time
+ I consider nice weather rather rare and if it finally comes, there is always a huge change there is the moon in the way, so using the newtonian for anything else is difficult. However, if Maksutov provides much better views of the moon than the newtonian, I could use the newtonian during moonless nights and the maksutov for the rest of the time for Moon
+ I have not been much able to get nice views of planets with the newtonian - Jupiter and Saturn ok, but really not impressive, Mars almost imposible, so I had hopes Maksutov could help with this.
So actually for me it seems that getting a refractor for the said price would not change that much as it would not be really a great one, whilst the maksutov could be a gamechanger for the Moon and planets. My only way to compare the maksutov and my current scope is actually the astronomy.tools FOV calculator and based on that it seems the difference for lunar and planetary should be huge but maybe that is not true.
Please let me know if I am wrong in any of this:)
Edited by AREZ, 05 March 2021 - 01:06 PM.