Nothing spur's me on more than, "You can't do that with that!"
Oh yeah, well you can get better, and better! Because you are out there trying.
I just spent over 4 years coaxing and nursing and doing with an AVX (one of the bad ones). It finally bellied up on me for it's last gasp.
So I have my finder scope set on an EQ6-R Pro myself. It has a lot of bells and whistles only found in much more expensive mounts.
And it HAS to be easier than my AVX was to me. It's rated for 44 pounds. I think it will be OK with my 13.4 pound DSO imaging pea-shooter.
What are your plans for a guide scope and camera? To me, a Guide Scope and Camera is pre-requisite to imaging. I'm really simple, my guide scope and camera are my mounts eye to keep it on target.
I've used an Orion MMAG for almost my entire time. Why almost? Because I was fiddling around with an Off Axis guider for a long time. Didn't work. But an MMAG has been, hands down, the very best piece of my equipment. It just works, with PHD2, and has never let me down. But the point here is not WHAT, but THAT you have Auto-guiding for imaging.
Not matter how you grow as an Astrophotographer, Auto-guiding can move and grow as you decide to change telescopes. So once you are set, it can go along as you know it.
If/when you glob onto an Astro Camera, it can also go to other telescopes. My research convinced me I wanted an Astro cam right off. But I picked a bad choice. A little over 2 years later, a very goo Friend made me an offer I could not refuse. He offered to loan me one of his Atik Infinity Cameras, the color one. I refused, at first. He convinced me to at least try it. I finally did with huge success, then he sold it to me at a price I couldn't turn down. And now, well, I have an imaging set up I can drive a good mount under, learn a few new tricks, and have fun gathering photons and goosing butterfly's again.
I would guess you already have a laptop or tablet for your Astrophotography. If you don't, you will. I got along fine with my laptop for a lot of years. But it eventually died. So now I use a "Baby Dell" 2 in 1 for my mount computer. Works great! And it WiFi's to my inside computer just fine with Tight Vnc (free)
Anyway, now you have to get through the Cloudy Nights that always seem to follow any new equipment. Congratulations and have fun.