Not to worry, we’re here every Wednesday :-)
I’m not up at Pex Hill myself tonight, although others are. As you’re more interested in deep space, and have discovered for yourself the differences between reflectors and reftactors, reflectors are more suited for Deep Sky observations than refractors. Bigger aperture means the scope is able to collect more light so you get a brighter image. A lot of course comes down to the eye-pieces.
In any case don’t spend any money until you’ve had a chance to look through a couple of different set-ups
Arthur Dent: "But what is it? What’s worth a statue fifteen miles high? "
Bird: "It was of great symbolic importance to our ancestors, it’s called ’Arthur Dent Throwing the Nutrimatic Cup’. "
Arthur: "Sorry, what did you say?"