Summary: Over the years, I have observed through all sorts of telescopes from 2" refractors to large-aperture Newtonian reflectors, including some that I made myself. So, I figure it's not too bold to say I know a little bit about star-gazing. I have always heard that a modest 3" refractor is not only an optimum sized telescope for general observing of brighter astronomical targets but handy because of the portability factor.
Pros: Sharp, contrasty image and easy to track stars with one motion
Cons: Tube hits slow motion knob in a few orientations