Let's admit it, when it comes to mounts, we have a serious dilemma if not a serious problem. Add the astro-photography (AP) to the equation and things get complex.
I have been looking for a decent AP (astro-photography) mount that I don't have to guide and have nothing but gone around in circles.
Goal of this discussion is simple... finding a decent 'medium' format mount that doesn't break the bank (semi-premium), is NOT entry level either, one that can be easily used for imaging as well as visual and last but not least, one that doesn't need to be guided, hence easy to setup and tear down as needed. I know that's asking for too much but I feel it should be achievable given today's technology.
Of course the discussion is going to bring up vendors and I would request admins to let the discussion happen since problems can't just be brushed under the rug. People have spent ton of money on some of the vendor technologies only to spend night after night troubleshooting mounts and/or conducting PE research projects instead of using them.
I don't think it really matters if you are taking the (medium format) mount to the backyard, taking it 100 miles away to a dark site or bolting down as long as it just works.
Let the discussion started...
Note: I come from AP (astro-photography) background and can surely offer assistance in that regard in exchange for your insights into mounts and your contribution to this discussion
Edited by mmalik, 17 September 2019 - 09:24 AM.