I wouldn't get rid of the CG-4... it can be a good grab-n-go mount (for some people), for those times when you don't want to drag out the heavier mount. I upgraded to an AVX from my CG-4, which I kept. I keep my SW120 semi-permanently mounted on the AVX and use the CG-4 as the mount for my solar scope.
Just offering that as something to think about...
Keep looking up!
Yeah, I'm thinking that makes sense (to keep the CG-4). Thing is that most of the goto mounts that fits into my budget all seem to have issues of one kind or another. Most of them have backlash issues. My CG-4 with the dual axis motors, the RA motor attaches directly to the adjustment axle - no gears, it just mounts right onto the same post as the manual control mounts on. You remove the manual control and mount the motor in it's place, so there are no gears on the RA - so no gear backlash to speak of.
The times I've used the mount in tracking mode - it has been good - but I've only taken up to like 5 to 15 seconds while tracking. Tonight looks like a decent night for me to experiment, so we'll see.
The main reason I was thinking about the goto - was ONLY to center targets. I have a really difficult time finding and centering even the easiest target - like M42 as an example. I can spend way too much time getting it into my FOV - even with a 60mm AP scope. Now if I want to try to locate andromeda, I may as well just stick my head in a bucket.
FWIW, I got my first telescope only this past November, and put one leg down the AP rabbit hole almost immediately. So I'm still very much a novice and have yet to figure out how to locate targets. I have planetarium software to help me, but aiming that EQ mount (for me) is challenging. With M42 for example, I can't tell thru my finder scope if I'm looking at it or not. Typically, when I think I got it, I'll snap a picture to see if it's in frame or not, then adjust mount, shoot another picture, and so on until it's where I want it to be in my camera's view.
UGH, maybe I need to hone my target finding skills and leave this goto stuff alone for a bit?