I'm not buying or anything. I have more equipment than I can shake a stick at. However, I do love equipment, it is part of my love for this hobby. I love the equipment we use to image just as much as I love imaging. So, I was pretty curious about the AZ-EQ5-GT as an imaging mount. When somebody already has a sleek high end mount and the "need" for a second mount arises, they don't necessarily want to buy another high end piece of equipment. They want something with a moderate price tag and reasonable performance as a secondary mount which they can occasionally image with or maybe use for visual while their primary mount does all the imaging. So I was looking at various options while taking into account various factors such as load capacity, quality control issues, guiding difficulty, weight and price point bellow $1500 including international shipping. Seems the AZ-EQ5 GT is an attractive secondary imaging mount. One where you would put your short focal length instrument while the big gun was hunting for long focal length targets. You could also have 2 instruments on the mount for visual observing during the day time. Maybe a white light filter on your SCT with an Ha scope on the other end.
Thing is, this mount is relatively new and I have not been able to find many in depth reviews in English. There is the thread in the mounts forum which says that you probably have to adjust the worm gear spacing to eliminate back lash, but not much else I could find.
Any users of this mount care to report on it's performance as an imaging mount primarily and a visual mount second?
One aspect I am curious about is the usefulness of the built in encoders, do you find them actually useful? I know I used to wish I had encoders on the G11 because occasionally after a pier crash the mount would get lost and I had to go out in the cold to physically reset the mount to counter weight down position and then I had to sync on a star. But after actually having the encoders in place, do you really find them useful? I know that for visual work I would definitely find them useful as I might want to disengage the clutches and manually roam around the night sky.