My CGEM is getting too heavy for my back. The EQ Head is about 42 pounds. The new mount P.E. must be better than my current CGEM, have better RA/DEC drive motors (stepper motors), be reliable and I would like to keep the EQ Head around 25 pounds plus or minus. The payload capacity must be about 40 pounds. This mount will only be used for DSLR imaging with scopes up to 800mm.
I am considering the following.
- Losmandy GM8G
- Losmandy GM811G (If budget permits)
- iOptron iEQ45 Pro
- iOptron CEM60
I have experience with Losmandy GM8S mounts but have never seen the iOptron mount. I can’t get a ship date from Losmandy on the GM8G or GM811G mounts. My MAX Budget is $2.8K including accessories but if possible I would like to keep it around $2.2K.
What are your opinions? Thx