But if you were buying a scope new and were not really interested in longer exposure DSO imaging then I'd buy a CPC1100 instead. They have the same optics but the CPC is a more convenient mount for visual work.
For visual work the only benefit the CGEM version would have is if you are not capable of or comfortable handling the 65+lbs of the CPC1100 ota and mount package (it's a lot to be hefting around every night) is that the CGEM breaks down into smaller and lighter individual components.
Yeah, the CPC 1100 fork/tube assembly is a heavy beast. And it's nowhere near as steady an imaging platform as a halfway decent GEM like the Atlas. Works for visual but not for AP ... not even for short exposures not requiring a wedge.
Mounting a CPC fork/tube assembly on a wedge is definitely not a single handed task unless you have the strength of an Olympic weightlifter and the agility of a top gymnast.
Ive been considering deforking the tube on my cpc11. The scope is heavy. I can sometimes mount the scope on my wedge by myself if I can get it the first try ( getting that plate to fit in between the washer and base of the scope is a total *BLEEP* and a half )If not i have to take a break or find help. But once its done it is worth it. Its a hell of an AP rig. But idk... would you think it be worth throwing aside a $700 Mitty wedge for a GEM?