The choice of equipment a users has and like is a very personal thing. the equipment which is ideal for one user may not be ideal for another user, i.e. a Celestron C14 would be fantastic mounted in a permanent observatory but may not be the best thing for a person to carry int he back of the car to a remote location and setup in the dark. Over the past 15 years I have been playing with a number of different telescopes and different formats of telescope. I have owned large newtonians, Meade LX200 and also refractors. At this time i am still enjoying the refractors probably more because of the imaging which I am doing. for imaging the refractors are just so much easier to use than say a LX200. There is no worry about collimation nor is there any worry about mirror flop when imaging. This does not mean that I will stay with a refractor! there are a number of very nice telescopes which are being manufactured now which look like they have great possibilities for imaging -- especially the Astro-Tech RC scope. The links on the page describe the current equipment which i have and some of it pros and cons.