My wife and I have decided to move into a motorhome full time for a few years. There's lots of great places to see in the US and Canada, so being on the road will be a new adventure. Unfortunately, space is very limited in a 29' motorhome, so I can't bring along my Meade 12" with all the cool gadgets I normally use. It's been a bit since I've looked at smaller units, so I thought I'd get from insight here. Hopefully, there are some of you who are doing the full-time RV thing as well, and you can give me some pointers on carrying/using a telescope or astro-binocs while on the road. I will have only a space that will be about 4ft x 2ft. So far here's some of my thoughts.
Item 1) Binoculars
Clearly, the most logical choice, especially given space restrictions, would be a pair of decent binoculars with a parallelogram mount. The prices seem to range from $400 to over $1000. The problem is I have no experience with using binos for stargazing or astronomy. Those who have experience going between a pair of say 20x80 or 25x100 astro-binocs can hopefully give me some insight.
As for a telescope, there are likely good solutions in the three major ranges of 'scopes. In the Newtonian, I'm thinking a 6" astrograph with decent computer tracking mount (around $1200) would work well. The idea is that I can then use my DSLR camera without losing too much by way of quality imaging and observing. In the SCT types, I'm a fan of the original Clestron C-8 and the related line. I can still these for around $1000, especially with Christmas specials coming up, so that might be an option. Just not sure of the size and how much trouble it would be in an RV.
Finally, I don't have a lot of experience with refractors, except the 60mm Sears model I had when I was a kid in the '60s, so I'd especially like some insight on why a refractor over a Newtonian or SCT. I've only paid part attention to refractor discussions on here, so I would appreciate any special insight about using a refractor under the RV scenario.
Thanks in advance for entertaining my post and questions. As always, I look forward to the shared input from the community.