I'm really new to astrophotography, and I would like to get a tracking mount for the imaging rig I'm slowly building. I'm thinking of the iOptron Smart EQ, but I'm a little disappointed at the low payload capacity. So, does anyone have any low cost mounts that they would recommend? Also, what is your experience on the Smart EQ, and its payload capacity? Thanks for your help.
Know this. The two biggest beginner mistakes are skimping on the mount, and using too big a scope.
As stated above, the SmartEQ is fine for a camera lens no larger than 300mm. If you want to use a longer telescope (and 600mm is absolutely as long as you should go), you need a seriously better mount.
Some have good luck with an AVX, some don't. Somewhat more people have luck with a CEM25P (the P is important).
But, with a scope my recommended minimum mount is either the Sirius/HEQ5 or the iOptron 30PRO. All are $1200.
It's not that beginners aren't smart. The problem is that it's simply not intuitive how good a mount you need or how much it costs to make one that good.
Skimp on the telescope, stretch for the mount. The mount is both more important and more expensive.
Edited by bobzeq25, 19 February 2019 - 05:27 PM.