Anyway so far I'm enjoying it. Takes a single trip to a car and ~15 minutes to setup and align. I guess it will be faster when I get more familiar with the scope.
I'm storing the OTA mounted on the fork, in original shipping foam cut to fit a 28" suitcase. Hope it's OK to store it like that in "standing" position.
The mount is indeed shaky, but these celestron vibration suppression pads actually do work - they decreased damping time from 5 to 1.5 seconds, which is completely manageable.
GOTO is really accurate, far better than what I get from my AZ-EQ6 in "az" mode. I'm using 2 star alignment.
Somehow there is no image shift at all while focusing (at 200x). Though the focuser knob sometimes slightly "slips" during cold weather when changing direction (which is better than having image shift I guess). Maybe I'll consider that chinese 1:10 reduction knob which is sold for 100$ if the future...
I currently work with 3 eyepieces - 10, 18 and 28 mm (82°). I still haven't really got hang of the collimation, so I'm not going for higher powers...
As advised in some threads I've read here - I'm using a TalentCell Rechargeable 11000mAh battery, and also keep AA rechargeables in the battery tray for backup.
And of course I replaced that horrible finder with a Telrad :-)
Edited by Michael11, 07 January 2020 - 04:06 AM.