First post by a newbie who has spent the last few weeks researching remote "live" astronomy. I have found this forum to be incredibly informative and helpful, so thank you!
In terms of what I would like to observe, my honest answer would be anything and everything, including the planets, the moon, large objects like nebula, and galaxies. But I also would like to be able to look for satellites, comets, eclipses, and any other phenomena of interest. I plan on using an Intel NUC at the telescope, and a second computer in my house to access the NUC remotely to control the telescope and camera and from which to view the images on an HD screen. Although I will probably try my Canon 7D DSLR, I expect to move to specialized CMOS imagers from ZWO or Atik. I don't plan on doing any viewing at the telescope, nor do I foresee getting into traditional astrophotography. All of my observing will be from my property in Connecticut during the colder months when the leaves are down and skies are clearer.
Based on what I've learned here, the Celestron Evolution and CPC SCTs between 8" - 11" seem like a good choice due to their compatibility with Hyperstar and relative ease of use. I've also looked at the Meade LX200 ACF series between 8" - 12", but their incompatibility with the Hyperstar is a problem. Since I hope ultimately to put the scope in an automated observatory of some kind [probably a small, roll-off-roof type with room just for the scope and associated equipment, not human viewers, on a wheeled platform], I want to make sure that the scope I choose will work for that purpose.
So, the questions I have are: Can the Celestron Evolution and CPC alt azimuth mount scopes be used off the tripod and placed on a pier or other support in an observatory? If so, how is the mount affixed to the support? Or would I have to use, or be better off with, polar alignment with a wedge? [I would like to avoid German Equatorial Mounts.] I see that the Meade LX200s are available with just the mount and OTA, without the tripod, so I assume they can be used on a pier. Is that right?
Thanks very much for your help!