I'm looking at getting my first telescope and looking for people's advice and opinions on the matter. I'm basing my choice on "The backyard astronomer's guide" and the authors highly recommend Sky-watcher dobs as good beginner telescopes. I live in a suburban area and will most likely use the telescope in my back garden, although would like to keep options open to taking the telescope out to darker sites. I am a tiny person but my husband will help out with the lifting and setting up. I was going for the Sky-watcher classic 6" but was wondering whether going for the 8" would be worth it. Is the learning curve to learn to use them about the same? Are there any huge differences (aside from the apperture) that would sway you from buying one over the other?
If 8" is the way to go is the Sky-watcher classic the one to go for or another brand would be better?
Sorry many questions packed into this post but any and all help would be appreciated!