I realize that it's probably been discussed a million times but... bear with me.
When I was doing this some years ago I had a Orion Skyview with the 100... bought the motors but never really used 'em. So, now, over a decade later, I have a renewed interest. I no longer have the mount. I just have some very sturdy photographic tripods, a Star Adventurer Pro (newly acquired) and a Stellarvue M1 Alt-Az mount. My scopes are an 80mm apo and a 120mm achro. I'm probably only ever going to be using refractors, maybe just these, maybe a bigger apo one day. I was hoping to make do with the Star Adventurer Pro for a little while (because I love it's portability and it's surprisingly capable) but realistically I need a sturdier mount.
So that leads me to my question, in it's price category, with it's payload capacity and functionality, is the EQ6-R Pro the way to go? Or are there mounts I've not heard of (there are definitely companies out there that were just not around when I was last doing this).