Hi! I'm just starting with AP, and thinking about getting a mount for a light load: Explore Scientific ED80 (https://www.highpoin...es-es-ed0806-01). I estimate the total load of the scope, camera and other gear to be under 14lb.
From the approved budget, I only have ~$800 left for a mount. I know that you shouldn't save on a mount, but in this case it's not an option to spend $1.5k on Atlas.
I found these mounts so far that should meet my requirements:
- [$699] Explore Scientific EXOS-2GT Computerized Mount with PMC-8 GoTo (the new black one, I understand the the old with a hand control gets bad reviews) https://www.highpoin...exos2gtpmct3-00
- [$799] Meade LX85 GoTo German Equatorial Mount (not yet released, depends on when it will be available) https://www.highpoin...al-mount-217000
- [$899] Celestron AVX (over budget, but doable if it's significantly better) https://www.highpoin...ial-mount-91519
From the reviews that I've read, it seems that EXOS and AVX are pretty much on the same level, AVX being more well known and with a PEC. Explore Scientific very much appeals to me that it has WiFi (I hate hand controls) and a polar scope; also open source is intriguing (I'm a software engineer). Given that EXOS is $200 cheaper, I'm leaning towards it.
What will be the wise advice from the community?
Edited by orionbay, 23 January 2019 - 06:19 AM.