First some background. I've been very active in astronomy for about 8 years now, including being a board member in the local club for many years, traveling to star parties, and doing outreach. I started off with a 120mm refractor with a non-go-to Skyview Pro, then got an old late 80's Meade 10" Newtonian mirror around which I designed and built from the ground up my own dob. The refractor is not APO and is lacking the aperture I desire, and my homebrew dob has a really long setup time because it is designed to be stored as compactly as possible (whole thing collapses into the mirror box). I'm looking for something that can give me decent aperture, have increased portability, decreased setup time, and I'd like to finally get a go-to mount. I started looking at the Celestron Evolution line, but thought the flexibility of a GEM would better suit my needs which are strictly visual (Too many of our club members take really nice photos for me to make the investment! I'll just look at theirs!).
I've dug through countless reviews of Celestron's 9.25" SCT on all sorts of mounts, and have not really found any that fit my situation. They are all either beginners, interested in imaging, etc. I feel like going from my 10" dob to an 8" would be disappointing from an aperture perspective, and going to something like a C11 is really outside of my price range. The 9.25 on the AVX seems to fit the bill, but there seems to be huge disagreement on whether or not the mount is actually capable of handling the load. I plan to replace the straight through finder with a red dot, add the Baader 2" visual back and diagonal so I can use my 2" eyepieces (the Nagler Type 4 line + the 31mm and a couple Delos), and a heated dew shield. My back of the napkin math comes to about 24#, assuming I'm using the 31mm grenade, and the mount is rated to 30#. Really just looking for some people who have experience with a similar setup to confirm or deny that the AVX mount paired with the 9.25 is suitable for visual, if I'm better off going with the Evo and giving up the flexibility of a GEM, or if I should just take a pill for aperture fever and get the 8".