For my downsizing needs, I was purposely searching for a SCT, nice and portable, light-weigth and easy on the Hernia and the back, etc.
I looked at kinds of different MacCass's but realized I would be getting someone which is inherintely heavy and require long cool-down periods. Also, their long focal lengths would limit me to med-high and high powers not to mention a small true of field, not to mention that pound-for-pound Mac-Cass'scan be heavier.
Believe me, I searched for quite sometime. A while a back gentelmen had a mint C5+, with custom built two arm fork equatorial and since he worked at Celestron he was basically able to hand-pick the best parts. It was an amazing system with really good optics. Believe me, I was serioulsy thinking about but the cost, for me at least, was too much.
I read many amateurs reviews and other than a few bad ones, many C5+ optics were very well built and had amazing optics. I had set my sights on a JSO, 1980's vintage that an aquaintance of mine was selling it on consignment. Only problem was that the mount and tripod means rather smallish compared to the OTA.
Since I was unable to purchase this one I didn't to take a shot in the dark. I placed an ad on CN stating that I had some TV high-end optics which all have 2" barrels and would be willing to trade for a C5+. The next day somebody answered my ad and said that he had a "complete C5+ unused and gathering dust.
Long story short, we ended up trading my 2" accessores (which I would no longer to use since I was down-sizing to a 1.25" format). In return I received a complete C5+ sytem with single fork EQ mount, Wedge with latitude adjuster, field tripod, dec motor, light shield/dew shield, hand controller, visual back, WO 1.25" dielectric star diagonal, 24 Pan, 8 X 50 Meade finder, full aperture white light solar filter, front end cap, counter weight system and a case for the OTA.