A lot of great suggestions here.
I agree with others here as well.
1. Go mono if you can now. There isn't much complexity to it. Insert the filter into the wheel. Attach it to the camera and scope, whatever software you use will be able to easily control it. Harder than a color camera? Doubtful, if at all, it is a minuscule amount more difficult. If you decide to stick with color then look into the L- Enhance or L-extreme. You will appreciate what it can do for you on targets rich in Ha & OIII. You wont need to worry as much about your light pollution or the moon.
2. I would go with the asto-tech triplet as another user suggested. You can save a good chunk of money there. (do not forget a flattener and/or flattener/reducer). Another option is an astro tech doublet, but thats up to you, you may get slightly worse image quality with the doublet, but it is still a wonderful telescope for a beginner. Either of the two listed below are great.
3. Always get the most mount you can afford. If you can stretch for a the CEM26 then do so, you will appreciate that in the long run.
4. I might suggest investing in an auto focuser. ZWO EAF works great and you will very much appreciate it, one of the best investments I made, especially for the inexpensive price. I sleep during imaging sessions now without needing to worry about focus . Not needing to slew to a bright star and throw the bahtinov also saves a lot of time.
Edited by Deesk06, 29 July 2021 - 08:08 AM.