I'm looking for a better tripod for my SkyGuider Pro, but I also want to consider what I may end up with down the road. I currently have an Oben fiberglass tripod meant for photography. It's not super-stable for astrophotography. My SGP doesn't really mount that well to it, so it's easy to bump it out of polar alignment if I'm not careful.
I'm considering the Meade Standard Field Tripod or the Celestron HD 1100 tripod.
Currently, I shoot with my Canon 7DII and 100-400mm lens, which is maxing out my SGP. But, I'm still able to get 1-2 minute exposures for stacking with careful alignment. In the future, I plan to upgrade to a telescope. I'm guessing I'll start a bit smaller, in the 60mm-80mm diameter range. But my preference would be to jump to a Schmidt-Cassegrain for a longer focal length, probably the Celestron 9.25 series if I can find a deal. I would continue, for the time being, adapting and imaging with my Canon 7DII.
Would either of these tripods be a suitable choice to get me going with my SGP and at least the smaller scopes I mentioned? Any other recommendations, without going into thousands of dollars?