If in the process of upgrading, I expand my DSO visual capabilities - great!
The reason I am posting here in "Mounts," is that I feel that I am most torn between ditching my whole setup for one of the following options:
- (a) CPC1100 + Wedge
- (b) OTA from my 8SE + GEM (is this possible?)
- © 11" EdgeHD (or other 11" OTA) + GEM
Option 'a' certainly seems like the nice option from an "ease of visual" observation standpoint. But I am not sold that the wedge is as good as the GEM from a AP standpoint...is there any quantifiable difference between a wedge and a true GEM?
Option 'b' is appealing if I put my money towards a really nice mount and I can keep the 8SE light tripod for quick viewing. I've heard that the best telescope is the one you use However, I am still a bit of a newbie, and I don't want to get in over my head with too "custom" of a setup.
Option 'c' is appealing because I think it gives me portability + imaging on one platform. However, I sometimes think that I am just telling myself that it is portable...I'm obviously comfortable with < 30 lb setup that the 8SE currently offers, and I think that either 11" option start creeping towards the > 70 lb range.
Overall, it seems like some people think that GEMs put you in an uncomfortable viewing position. What exactly is uncomfortable?
And I've also been reading about this EQMOD solution for the Orion based GEMs (such as the Atlas.) Is EQMOD better than what Celestron bundles?