One question crossed my mind - for people who have "premium" mounts (10Micron, AP, SB and so on): do you ever get bored?
Bored in a sense - if you don't have to do anything to your mount or telescope (except some regular care), and had years of imaging (and only imaging)... do you miss some "fiddling"?
I mean - one thing that motivates me now is drive to improve. Basically - I want to reach the level of everything - where only thing that's left for me is to point my telescope and start collecting photons. But once that happens, and I get most of the images I wanted (in triplicate) ... then what? Ok, buying a new telescope or new mount, but I guess I'd have less reason to do so then. That kind of worries me regarding "premium" mounts.
I love to fiddle with things. Thankfully, get a fair amount of that out of my system by working on mounts all the time and building systems centered on the mount. Getting a kind of mount that I have never worked on before is its own little adventure. As a result, I'm OK with not tearing apart a premium mount just for the fun of it. I don't get out with my mount(s) very often, but when I do, I absolutely don't want to have to tinker to get things working. I just want it to be there and work when I turn it on, without tinkering, every time. That way the only messing around I have to do is related to the things that I screw up. I enjoy watching it do its thing without much intervention from me and that makes it a marvel. That is why I personally use a premium mount, even though I could do without it based on my use.