So, newbie at scope buying (and astronomy).
I'm using an 18-200 Nikkor lens on a d5100 with a Sky Adventurer on a Manfrotto rated for 38 lbs. The SA has a max design load limit at 11 lbs.
I'm having fun.
Next quarter I will be shopping for a refractor BUT I am not willing to buy the top end mount to replace what I am doing. I will use the scope for a little optical but mostly imaging.
Next fall is serious mount buying if I stick with this for a year.
At present I am using field glasses and "learning my trade" but I'd like to resolve the images associated with the constellations I am learning. I really had no idea so many stunning objects were available with less than tens of thousands of dollars in gear.
My issue? Mass but for ease I'll call it weight.
I want to stay under 8.25 lbs for the OTA and any flattener/reducer required.
I cannot be the first to face this dilemma but ... I can't seem to find a thread that frames it in these - newbie - terms.
I see the W. O. GT 71.
I see the Orion 80ED t carbon fiber ( not a fan of cf generally )
Obviously I am trying for the best - and largest - APO doublet I can find for the weight. Triplets are awesome but glass is heavy which I probably don't need to say; but, there it is.
Anyone with experience in solving this design constraint? I would be welcome for the suggestion and the oversight as I am sure I am missing something obvious.
Thanks ... the new guy.