I'm looking to move into a larger, heavier mount in my observatory, mounted on my pier. I am a slave to convenience and don't like to have to swap OTAs all the time for different subjects when I'm imaging. This is primarily for solar system imaging and visual of anything I care to look at. I'm thinking of putting 3 scopes on there with room to spare to swap them out if I go bigger at some point.
I currently want to put my 8" F6 newtonian on there (maybe one day change this out with a C11), along with my 150mm F8 frac and a smaller 80mm Frac. Likely have it all mounted to a large plate. I already stack lots of scopes on my mount as it is, that's not the issue. The issue is having a mount that can handle 40~50lbs of scopes and still have room to spare and mainly have robust gears and internal bits that can deal with more stress and torque and all that.
I don't care at all about long exposure performance for DSO. I use this system 99% for solar system with video (mostly solar).
So what mount options (head only, no need for tripod) would you all suggest knowing the above, with a $3k USD budget approximately?
I have of course looked at mounts, but just because they say they can take the weight doesn't mean the gears/internals truly can handle large heavy loads, especially when it comes to big long instruments like F6 newtonians and big 6" F8 fracs, etc. And I'm fine with used; would prefer it actually if I could find an open box one somewhere. I also don't need the tripod, this is going on a pier.
Been waffling around looking at CEM60, CGX-L, CEM120 and EQ8. But, I'd need to find it used and mount head only, to stay near $3k.