Many thanks for the two responses so far. Ease of use is indeed really important. I don't get a lot of joy out of fighting with software during my observing time... I do enough of that for a living! I gather from this that about $1000 spent wisely will get me a decent deep space camera that I can stick with for a while?
I am probably going against the grain here, but you might want to consider a Starlight Xpress mono Lodestar with Starlight Live software. The software is very intuitive and easy to use. It’s compatible with both Mac and Windows natively. The system opened up a whole new world for me and many others. A fellow by the handle of Nytecam showed what this system could do for EAA in light polluted London. His results were inspirational. Unfortunately, Maurice Gavin, AKA Nytecam, passed away in June of 2018, but some of his fine work can be found here on CN.
Here’s a link to some of my stuff with the Lodestar, both mono and color. A higher res Ultrastar is something you could consider later. A used Lodestar can be purchased for about $350 or $400 on AM. Your Televue Pronto will be a perfect match on either a GEM or AZ. If you have any questions, just post here or PM me. I’ll be glad to help. As they say, keep it simple.
Edited by Don Rudny, 01 March 2020 - 12:27 AM.