There is no doubt that for a person in the observing doldrums a new SCT can help make observing fun again. The thrill of a new scope can be experienced both by going up and down in aperture. Naturally, a larger scope will open up considerably more deep sky real estate. A smaller scope, something like a C5 or an ETX 90, can also be a joy, since one is so easy to transport and set up. An "iffy" sky may no longer mean canceling a trip to a dark site, and every family vacation may be an occasion for bringing the telescope along and doing a little casual observing.
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