For those interested in my never-ending saga with a Celestron CGX mount, I wanted to share the news that it finally wore me down and broke me.
I have fixed several issues and got it working okay. But over the weekend I was trying a long image session and several times after a goto, the mount stopped tracking. Like--- sidereal rate turned off. The ASCOM driver still reported that the mount thought it was tracking. I got star trails in my images until I caught it.
I was able to work around it by telling the software to turn off tracking (it still showed tracking was enabled) and turning it back on again. But by then I would have to slew back a few degrees to get my target centered.
I have been considering a move up to a more reliable product for some time. That was the last straw.
As Billy Joel once said...
Anyway, I know it's a higher price point and not a strictly fair comparison. But I expect better pointing, tracking, and reliability from the Paramount MyT.
I'm keeping my Celestron Edge 1100 OTA and I'll put an AT72Ed up top for a guide scope and for wide shots. The total package with cameras will weigh 43 lbs, and for now I will trust the advertised equipment capacity of 50 lbs to have me covered. I hold no cows sacred so if this turns out to be an expensive boondoggle, I'll report back.
But this will be my first higher end mount so please share my happiness and I'll telepathically buy you a cold beverage of your choice. ... There, wasn't that refreshing!