I need an Alt-Az mount with a moderate payload capacity at a budget price. It will carry a SW Startravel 120/600 short achro.
I've been reading mount reviews on this forum or elsewhere for 2 weeks and I came to a conclusion that majority of budget priced mounts have some serious deficiencies according to reviewers. I get a feeling that none is robust enough except for one, the simple 'no slow-motion' SW AZ-4.
There is just a handful of designs of mounts with slow motion controls that sell under various brand names and none of them appears to be well thought out. You perhaps know all of them just like myself although I had no personal experience with any of them yet.
After reading all the negative reviews on slow-motion variants I feel like the SW AZ-4 being the simplest mechanical design is the best way to spend my limited funds.
I've also read a number of positive reviews on Skytee-2 but it's on the heavy side for my grab-and-go needs. Also I'd prefer a narrow profile 'non-T' mount.
The least number of negative reviews on smaller and lighter mounts that I encountered was for Vixen Porta-II. Should it be OK for my SW ST120 in terms of payload capacity?
I haven't seen any reviews on the SW AZ-5 with slow-motion controls. It's of course very similar in design to all other mounts of this type.
The ones that had a noticeable number of negative reviews and associated problems were: Astro-Tech Voyager 1 and 2 (sold under various brands as well).
By the way, there are some good mount heads on the US market which are highly praised that don't ship to my location in Europe and I can't find any EU dealers that sell them. For instance I can't locate a local dealer for StellarVue.