I'm thinking of revamping my scopes - as much as I love my 11" Starmaster, due to aging and battered knees, shoulders, and ankles it's getting a bit much for me, and I'd really like something more portable for camping. I've been looking at weights for my 6se vs the 8se, Evo 8, and Evo 9.25. According to the Celestron website, they fall out like this:
6se: OTA 8 lbs, mount head 11 lbs, tripod 9 lbs - total 28 lbs
8se: OTA 12 lbs, mount head 11 lbs, tripod 9 lbs - total 32 lbs
Evo 8: OTA 12.5 lbs, mount head 16 lbs, tripod 12 lbs - total 40.5 lbs
Evo 9.25: OTA 20 lbs, mount head 16 lbs, tripod 26.6 lbs - total 62.6 lbs (I didn't expect it to be this much heavier than the Evo 8!)
My Starmaster comes in at around 75 pounds total, so weight-wise the 9.25 isn't saving me that much, but... from the standpoint of portability, packing for a camping trip, space taken up, setup and breakdown - is there that much difference between the mounts and tripods for these four SCTs? Obviously the weight and size of the OTAs would differ, but would there be that much difference between packing my 6se into the car and packing an Evo 8 or even the 9.25? On my recent camping trip to Texas, the Starmaster took up more space than I think my wife would allow on future trips (see the photos here), so if I want to take a scope on future trips I need to find something that packs better (plus, as I said it's getting harder for me to lug around). If that's the 6se, then so be it, but if I could pack a bigger SCT in about the same space that would be nice. Other than weight and size of the OTA, is there some difference between these SCTs that I'm not thinking about?