We have a 10 year old CGE mount that we used for field observations to support teaching and outreach. The OTA is a 14" CGE. We added the HyperStar and an Atik 490 camera. At f/1.8 it is a great tool to gather quick images of deep sky objects. I recently have moved towards trying better quality astrophotography and added a second rail, a 3 ring set for a ST-80 and a LodeStar. The bad news is with the dew shield I am now pushing 70 lbs. I tried to do a quick setup last night to make sure everything was functional for an observation next week. However I didn't put on the guidescope package. I started to trying to alignment and I noticed the mount wouldn't rise up to Sirius. I noticed a buzzing sound but didn't think anything about it. I turned the mount off and back on and verified my date/time settings. Same things. This time I notice the mount motor is running/buzzing but not movement. I killed the power and released the clutches to get it back home. I realize that I am not using my standard setup and keep the balance, it is way off. I get it rebalanced and try again. This time I goes close to the alignment star but is buzzing more (which is new) and it will stop at certain points and no proceed.
So do I send the mount to DSP for a HyperTune rebuild by parts I destroyed or should I be looking for a heavier mount. I really think I want to move to a different pier mount for the AP work but the key use is the field observations and it has to be probable. I can get rid of the guide scope/rail/mounts and lose +10 lbs. After a little research I realize this mount is marginal for the bare 14" CGE and not what I need for all the baggage I have added.
Advice? Lost on what to do.