I'm a beginner but since this technically involves astrophotography I've posted here.
I’m looking to run an ES FCD100 127mm on an EQ6-R (44lb capacity). The carbon fiber OTA is 14lbs and the aluminum is 18lbs. The difference in price is $420. I’m not sure what kind of auto guider setup I will need yet, or what kind of optical attachments I’ll end up needing for an imaging chain (recommendations welcome), but most importantly I'm not sure what this additional gear will weigh.
Can someone estimate how much additional weight I should expect to load on? And given that, is the 4lb difference between CF and aluminum FCD100 127mm worth the $105 per lb to keep the weight down on the EQ6-R?
Just guessing but lets say the rest of the components weigh 10lbs. On a 44lb mount, would you think it worth an extra $420 to take the weight down from 28 to 24lbs?