For many years I have been interested in astronomy, but made a decision a good while back to go the direction of microscopy rather than getting a telescope. With the upcoming total eclipse, I have a new impetus to my astronomy urges. But I don't want to buy a dedicated solar scope, at least I don't think so. After the eclipse, I would like to use the scope for more traditional stuff - moon, planets, nebulae...
I am at the point in life where I can afford some decent optics. A four figure price tag isn't too much, though I need to question how much I'll really be using it if we start talking 5 figures.
What sort of system should I be looking at? Am I seriously hobbling my eclipse viewing by relying on add-on filters for a traditional scope? Is an internal doppler etalon essential for a good hydrogen alpha image (this feature seems to be emphasized in the dedicated solar scopes)? What add-on filters would be most useful for the eclipse?
It's probably another discussion altogether, but do you have any recommendations for automated trackers to accommodate for Earth rotation?