Hello everyone. I'd like to return to the simple pleasure of visual observing. But I have a bad back, so everything has to be light.
I got a couple of refractors (Vixen ED 80 and Explore Scientific AR-102). The AR-102 is over 11 lb without dovetail nor 2" eyepiece. On paper the AZ-gti payload is too small (max 11 lb), while the Orion Starseeker is adequate, but barely (Max 13 lb).
Just to keep it cheap and simple, is there a reason to chose one mount over the other?
Is there anything else in this range of weight/cost? The Meade Lx65 looks intriguing but between head and tripod we are at 27 LB already! The Celestron SE mount (the big one, for 6" or 8" scopes) is an option too but I am afraid the straight up-down single arm may have trouble coping with my AR 102 (length...).
Any other suggestions?