We have a Sky Watcher SW708 (http://www.tasco.com.au/Products/Cat...uctID/770.aspx
) however it is a bit (very) limiting as to what we are able to see in our heavily light polluted city (Sydney, Australia).
Ideally we want something that will allow us to see a bigger and clearer Saturn, some galaxies, a very detailed moon and hopefully be able to make out some of the easier to see nebula (as well as whatever else is interesting). We haven't gotten around to getting up early to see Jupiter, Venus or any other planets though. We'd obviously like something that will do a good job with these, too. I have been told by my local shop that simply upgrading may result in disappointment, as dark skies are generally required. We want to be able to see a pretty substantial improvement or else we probably won't bother.
Portability is something that needs to be considered as we visit my inlaw's farm (dark site) every couple of months, however we won't be moving it around all the time so not a major issue. Ideally something that is quick to assemble to chuck in the car and easy to put back together again once there. The rest of time it will be stored no more than 10 metres from where we observe from, no stairs or anything difficult to navigate either. We are young (26) and fit so maneuvering it around isn't really an issue...
Another thing I should mention is that I also do a bit of AP with my Astrotrac and my DSLR. I guess the idea is to try the SW708 on the Astrotrac and see how it goes with Eta Carina, Trifid etc, and observe with whatever the new scope will be.
At the moment it is difficult to see anything other than planets. And even those are quite small and lack a lot of detail. I can make out Saturn's rings but I can't make out the Cassini division.
I guess the question is, what else can I be sure to see with a better telescope, that I can't see with the little refractor?
Considering an upgrade but not sure what, budgeting around $300-$400. Suggestions?