So far, I've had a Orion SkyScanner 100 for about 2 months, and I love it. I go out any time the weather is clear, and blast Bob Marley while I watch the stars. Since Christmas is coming up, I plan on getting some spare cash, and have decided I would like to buy a mid priced telescope ($300-500.) I'm pretty happy with the Orion company, and have looked into the XT8. Its size isn't a problem, since I'm in enough shape to be able to haul it around, plus I have a trailer for my bike I can hook it up to. Is this a good choice? Are there any that are better, but in the same range? I don't want a computerized scope, since I enjoy aligning the scope myself. Thanks for any suggestions!