When you first start in astronomy, you're scared you won't be able to find anything so you get one of those computerized, GPS equipped monsters that genuflects a few times and then asks where you want to go, like a celestial cab. After you learn to find your way around in the sky, what you want is a big-ass light bucket and you're willing to take that money spent on computer and put it into mirror.
That's when you get a Dobsonian.
First one I ever used was a 16 inch monster that I inherited when I got my first teaching job out of graduate school. It was Dobson's philosophy in a nutshell. Thick, cardboard tube, plywood box for a base, teflon bearings -- and an awesome mirror. Put the money where it counts. Stick a 40 mm Plossl in it and the sky turned into a box of jewels.
Which I rather think was his point. Goodbye, John. Thanks for the views.