I recently asked a question in the mounts section about recommendations for a GoTo mount to hold a small OTA, like a Celestron C5+ or a Meade ETX 125. I was interested in something that could maybe handle a C6 in the future (as a possible upgrade idea). If any who offered me advice on that thread are present for this one, thank you for your advice there. My thinking on this has evolved a little bit since then, and I'm considering the following:
A Meade LX65 mount with a 6" or 8" ACF OTA. Why the LX65? Because at least on paper, it looks like it meets most of my requirements. It has enough carrying capacity to handle the small OTAs I previously mentioned. (Actually, it can handle both at the same time.) True, it requires a separate adapter to enable WiFi capabilities, but considering the possible cost savings with the LX65 bundle, the extra $175 for a WiFi adapter seems reasonable.
I should mention here that the LX65 mount and tripod cost only around $250 when bundled with the 6" ACF OTA or $200 when bundled with the 8" ACF OTA, vs the cost of the OTAs alone.
I'm also considering trying out some video observing with one of the lower-cost Mallincams. Hence my interest in either the 6" or 8" ACF OTAs included with the LX65. So I'm seeking input on the following questions:
1. Any experiences, either good or bad, with the LX65? I can't find much feedback on this relatively new mount in Google searches.
2. Is video observing with one of the lower-end Mallincams doable with a 6" OTA, or is the bump up to 8" required?
3. Any recommendations for a suitable Mallincam model?