My dad has a Celestron EdgeHD 8" with star sense that we have used together a bit, and I finally thought maybe i'd like to get myself one. Low and behold I have encountered what I am sure you have all been talking about for some time in that there is a lot of equipment on extended backorder. Some websites are saying don't expect it until winter.
My question for you guys is are there any other scopes I should be considering that might be available sooner? I think my first choice would have been a 9.25 EdgeHD with starsense. I am a bit of a noob as I haven't really owned a telescope myself, but I am a both feet forward kind of person and want to get something that will keep me happy for years.
I'm mainly interested in looking at DSOs with perhaps some light planetary/lunar viewing. I also want to minimize my setup and alignment time which is why i like star sense. Just not really sure what good options there may be out there in time for the summer. I have noticed, for example, that some of the Vixen Optics telescopes are still in stock, but I am not familiar with this brand or how well their goto works or how easy it is to align the scope.
Note: I have been browsing the classifields on cloudy night and astro mart and haven't seen much in the way of what I originally wanted.
I apologize for the noobie post, but do appreciate any insight anyone might have. Just to clarify I am looking for:
-A mirror size in the range of 8-11"
-Easy to align
-budget of $2500-$5000