As a person who’s been there and done that, I would like to ask visual observers: Why do you regret buying a large refractor and what did you do to solve the issue? Do you still have it or did you let it go? If you sold it, do you miss it?
- Was it because of its weight/size?
- Was it because of the size and/or cost of the mount required?
- Was it because of setup time or transport logistics?
- Was it because it was too slow to acclimatize?
- Was it because of quality issues?
- Was it because the views were disappointing or not what you expected?
- Was it because your humble (and much less expensive) SCT or Newt beat it most of the time while looking at the planets?
- Was it because of opportunity cost? Meaning you could have spent the money on something else that would have made you happier, say a smaller refractor of much better quality for the same cost as the big one?
- Was it because the scope/mount uses too much storage space?
- Was it because the local seeing is rarely good enough for using the scope at high magnification?
- Was it because of your local weather is too uncertain most of the time to plan ahead?
- Was it because after a long day at work you were too tired to even considering setting up the beast for a quick look?
I could think of a hundred reasons why one could regret buying a large refractor, but I would love to hear yours. Thanks!