Thank you guys. All very good options. Currently scoping out the:
ETX-90AT 90mm f/13.8 Mak
from Andrews.com ...
The higher focal length would be great for planets and the like...been a while since I had that option! I'm not opposed to the idea of carrying a mount...within reason...lets say 5kg Max.
The longer Focal Ratios will require equilateral or go/to control, which may require heavier mounts...Still weighing it all up
That scope really does look I could Bag it inside my pack...(safely at that)
I would simply put my tent on the outside with a few other items. Indeed...very tempting and glad you mentioned it!
Still considering just getting plain old Binos's...but with respect to ruggedness and possibly an ED set at 80mm...I'm sure the mount required for those would not exceed 5kg if it all?
What intrigues me after having checked out the EXT90s...is the possability about checking out stars in better details...perhaps? As in deeper views...variable stars...doubles???...just stuff that I could not do with my 15X70 Binos... Any thoughts on that would be great.
It would be great to pull something out of the pack that could do more than just scan...then again...perhaps I have not really studied the heavens properly with a MOUNTED PAIR of GOOD QUALITY BINO's???
Thanks for your input-hope others out there might get something out of this as well...much appreciated!