My guitar GAS has ebbed, and I think my next biggish purchase should be a telescope. It seems like a fun and educational item to have available, especially when the grandkids are over. We have a pretty good view of the sky here, especially when the trees are winter bare. We are outside the main light bubble of our small town as well, so we should be in pretty good shape for viewing. Very basic looks at some astronomy forums and articles suggest a dobsonian is probably the way I want to go...either in a 6" or 8". Specifically, I've been looking at Orion XT6/XT8 series. Admittedly, the price delta between them is $150-250 depending on the accessories/extras. But, I'd rather spend it now than find out a year from now that I coulda-shoulda. For those TDPRI-ites with experience in owning/using hobbyist telescopes...what say you?