Thoughts on "one of the computer-controlled" scopes : one of my colleagues who has better skies than me for practical astronomy brought a little Meade "goto"scope about a dozen years ago (ETX-80 or ETX-90, I forget ; whichever came first), liked it a lot, and upgraded after a couple of years to the 125mm (4in~) version which he also likes. That and a decent tripod, a few fittings and he's routinely turning out cloud photos (noctilucents in particular), air-show photos, and occasional lunar photos that he's very happy with.
Thank you! This is very useful information.
But I suspect that I'd get more productive use from an account with a Pro-Am telescope that is operated over the Internet. I really should look at that again - not really followed up on it since my last bout of consideration last year.
Ah, a possibility that I had not considered. I will look into that. But the most profound observation I have ever made was seeing the look on a youngster's face after he had directly viewed the moons of Jupiter for the first time. That is the most significant use of a telescope that I have ever done, and I would like to repeat it.