I have some questions: I consider you all to be some of the most knowledgeable folks around as to observational astronomy. I have been in the hobby myself (on and off) for a long time, and I'm now retired, with several hobbies & some productive work to keep me busy. I say all this to ask a couple questions:
1. What do you all agree on that you like the BEST? Refractors (size?)? Cats? Newts?
At present, I have: a Questar. A Parks 60mm refractor. A C5. A c8. An Intes 6" Mak Newt. The Intes, I think, was made in a cannon factory. It's heavy. The c8 is still manageable for now, but the MN may not be.
I'm curious, because most of you are either around my age or a bit younger--how did your choice of scopes change as you aged? At this point, I'm thinking of exchanging the MN for a 4" refractor (no Takahashi's--that would cost as much as my house). Are those the kinds of decisions you've made? I know I'm going to have to go lighter.
I live on a hill and everything is either down or up. I think I'm fine with the c8, but the Intes is not going to work. However, what's next, as I downsize? I have binoculars, so I'm ok there.
Edited by Stevencbradley, 08 April 2021 - 12:40 PM.