Any insights would be greatly appreciated.
My insight is that you'll get better answers in an imaging forum (versus the "Beginners Forum (No astrophotography here - please read the forum description)" Forum. So, moving it to B&II.
More seriously: Lloyd, you're always welcome to swing by and check out my setup. The pier made a huge improvement to my AP life. Not only is it more solid, it is so much faster to setup - even when I have to attach the mount. Seriously - bolt it on, balance and go. With my current 4-bolt attachment system on the MyT, there's no alignment; no nothing. Imaging in minutes.
I also use a Telegizmos cover and have found that no moisture control is necessary here on the edge of "The Great American Desert". I do bring the gear in when I'm out of town or the weather promises to be bad for a while, but it often stays out for extended periods summer & winter with no trouble. It even rode out this week's "sideways hail" storm (If I had planned better, I wouldn't have left the gear outside, but it did fine). Like Jetsfan122 (below), I also use a light plastic bag between the scope and the 365 cover to protect the cover's metallic interior against sharp edges. Another thing: Bob Pitney at Telegizmos can make you a custom cover that will be the exact length, height, width and top angle that you want for your rig. It costs a little more than off-the-shelf, but isn't too bad for precisely what you want.
Below are some pictures during various times over the past few years. Payloads and backyard clutter may come & go but the pier remains. So, get diggin! But be careful, it's hot out there. Of course, it's a "dry heat"....
Edited by Ken Sturrock, 25 August 2019 - 12:35 PM.