MalVeauX wrote in post #18527091
You're on an EQ6 if I recall. A C11 is manageable on that. For the cost, it's very good. Pushing into a mount for a C16 is very expensive and extremely limited to basically one thing. I'd just get a C11 and practice and learn with it on the EQ6 you have, see if planetary is even something you want to be dedicated to.
I'd stick to whatever refractor you have and a C11. No real reason to add a reflector for imaging in my opinion unless you need it for aperture purposes for the tiniest of DSO targets. But really, practice with your refractor and get good at it on the big bright targets. Then worry about the hard stuff later.
I really don't have that "later" matter in my life from what i faced, so i will always hit it or pull the trigger while i have the opportunity.
I talked there and they told me all what i need, they all also don't go for large and whatever, talked about seeing condition, talked about weight and mount load capacity, talked about pricing, we discussed all, but i am still want to have large scope no matter what.
My plan is:
1. Buy an APO refractor now or very soon, for DSO
2. Buy a Newt too, F4 version i hope, for DSO too and planetary sometimes, i have a reason why i go with this.
3. Saving and keep saving next year so i can afford a stiff capable mount.
4. in 2019 maybe 2020 i buy whatever large scope, be it 14" or 16"
With all above i will just ignore about 11" completely, unless i become really lucky and get an unexpected budget somewhere so i can buy that 11" without changing my above plan, but i really don't want to go with the rule of "Buy this now, learn it, then buy something later", this is not what i do, even if i do i may do to some stuff but not all or everything, and even some didn't like this idea but they respected after all.
Also, they told me how great are those 8" and 9.25" and 11", i know, i saw results from known globally astrophotographers, but i still love their 14" images, and i don't care how many years they spent to reach that level, well, i will spend and waste years on larger rather than small and then again large, and my budget i really don't want to waste it in "Twice purchase" even if it is the better way of learning, i accept the challenges.