I'm considering a 6" maksutov-cassegrain for backyard astronomy, primary lunar and planetary, but with occasional DSO use and transport to dark skys. I don't need goto or motorised drives.
I've identified the following telescopes for sale locally:
Each scope has a different price, which is partly attributable to the alternate accessories. However, the optics, while similar, are also different and I suspect that this is the main cause of the difference in prices.
I'm trying to understand what additional value (in terms of observing experience) I would receive by buying the premium scope. How much difference would there be in the optics of these 3 scopes for visual observing?