For those of you who have seen me here on CN in the last year, well, if you checkout my astrobin you will notice that I have a lot of images in the last 6 months, and I am approaching one year imaging (first image was in December 2018 but first keepers were in March/April.) I really do like my IEQ45, but it was my first real mount. I think I am prejudiced. I think it is well made for what I paid for it, a whopping $800 brand new in box; but it is Chinese made. Kudos to the Chinese here. They have great customer service and for the price point I commend Ioptrion. Nothing against the Chinese. I love the civilization. But I am not sure they manufacture mounts as great as USA. But now I am imaging so much, I think at this point, since I live in an area where I get as many nights that I can image, as that I cannot, I should have a rig that is completely reliable. I would like a higher payload too. Contenders are: 1) the new Ioptron GEM45. 2) CEM 60. 3) G11
The top of my budget as to what I can stomach paying would be the G11. Then if I will afford to pay the G11, is that the no brainer? Like, it is a clear winner among all other mount upgrades from where I am now? I read someone really bickering about his Losmandy experience on the mounts forum.
The reason why I am thinking about a different mount is, I am just not totally comfortable with the reliability of what I have. Part of this may be what I have read so many premium mount people telling me and others, that the IEQ45 that I have, is part of a a broader class of mounts like most out there, that are "low-end." I do not want "low end." I am doing imaging too much now. I am spending too much of my life imaging and I rather not be held back. But maybe I am noty held back with what I have. Perhaps when I get oblong stars, its all my fault.
I want to be able to set up my mount relatively swiftly, image, and not worry about whether the next sub will come out ok.
Like the sub on the top, it is nice I think. Stars are nice and round. I get five or six in a row like that, then for no reason that I am aware of, the next one is like the one on the bottom. Then a handful of nice ones, then another one like the one on the bottom.
There is a chance I did not calibrate my Phd2 session (to be fair). But I think I did. I would like reliability.
Edited by Ballyhoo, 12 October 2019 - 06:46 PM.