20+ years ago I built a few dobs. The largest was a 12.5 f6 using Discovery Telescope mirrors. It was great, but a real pita to drag outside. Now older and weaker, I gave it away to a junior high science teacher a couple of months ago. I still have a Zhumell 10", but the mirror is shot and it's still a little bigger than I want.
Now I just want to grab a scope and show my grandkids Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon. That's all. But I want the bands on Jupiter and the Rings of Saturn to be clear.
I still have a few decent eyepieces. IIRC, the smallest is 9mm.
A brief look around the net has me wondering if a refractor would meet my needs. Somewhere around $500 is the upper end of my budget. I have woodworking and metalworking skills so building a mount isn't a big deal.
I''m looking at the ASTRO-TECH AT80ED, but wonder if it will be enough magnification? With young kids and my old eyes, a small eyepiece is a struggle.
Any suggestions? I do not want another dob.