I am sold on this scope, but I am agonized by choosing a mount for it.
Believe it or not I have a wife that wants a scope with more horsepower than the Orion ST-80 that she operates during our club outreach events.
I think that the Sky-Watcher 100 ED APO would be great for the Moon, planets, doubles, etc. while I handle other objects with another scope.
We are looking for a GOTO mount for visual use that doesn't weigh too much and is very portable. Our light pollution limits our star-hopping, so we want GOTO.
The OTA weight plus eyepiece + finder is near 9 lbs. (esitmate).
I am worried that the longer OTA on this F/9 would tax the seemingly small Sky-Watcher AZ GTi and Allview, and the iOptron SmartEQ Pro+ mounts.
The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Astro Package lists an 11 lbs. payload, but seems tiny.
I have never owned a "long" refractor, and I am worried about jiggles during focusing, wind, etc.
Am I being too conservative here considering it is for visual use?
The alternatives are the Celestron AVX, Orion SkyView Pro, Sky-Watcher EQM-35, etc in the $800 range. They seem to be pretty bulky and expensive for this class of scope.
Any words of wisdom will be appreciated.