I'm looking at Celestron scopes and like what the CGX 1100 Edge HD has to offer. I enjoy viewing and while I have attempted AP in the distant past, it's not a must but the CGX will allow me to do AP, not as good as some of you with very expensive setups (and time in the saddle) but it will suffice. I've read quite a few of the comments about which mount one might use for such a scope and have some questions, hoping to get some comments and details about what mount you use.
The 1100 tube weight is 28 lbs and more than likely I'd only used CCD cams not an DSLR. The CGX Edge will handle my needs just fine. But the comments I've read from users of "other" mounts has me questioning how well the CGX will track. I get the impression (from posts) that (some of the) Losmandy will track better than the CGX. Mount weights are not that different but I do realize that for some of you every ounce less of weight is appreciated. Perhaps the key word here is portability. Even a folding tripod will be appreciated by some if it makes life easier.
A real issue for most of us is air and light pollution. Having an average mount that can handle 2 min guides in your location may be more than enough if taking longer exposures with a great mount is somewhat defeated by light pollution. The money not spent on the great mount could be used for other accessories. How many of you use additional tracking correction gear to make sure you guiding is the best you can get with what you have? As sensors get better, that hopefully will pardon some sins of mounts that aren't as good as others, less exposure times. (Just a bit curious, is anyone using Hyperstar?)
I'm sure some of you have clear skies so the money spent on better gear is money well spent. Clear skies for me would be 3-4 hrs driving into NY State where a buddy has a cabin but it's been yrs since I've been there and I'm sure viewing conditions have deteriorated as nearby construction has added light pollution.
While it seems that when you look up reviews of "anything" you are considering buying, you might find more people complaining rather than praising what you're looking at. Common sense seems to say that if it works and we're happy we don't always shout that fact out to the world around us. If it doesn't work well we'll seek help to solve the problem or maybe just vent. Complaints can be legit so I welcome personal experiences you may have with your gear, stock or aftermarket.
Also, not just thinking Celestron CGX, Losmandy GM811GHD, G11G, looked at others but if something will require a yr wait to get hold of, that's not good. Ask questions, I'll respond when I can get the chance.