I apologize in advance for my meandering way of communicating, but try to stay with me. I have a budget of 6K more or less. I presently have what is in my signature and will be acquiring a galaxy imaging rig (a C11?) next year-ish. At this dollar amount, obviously I can't afford encoders (even used), so that is moot. I need to be able to guide relatively easily at 35-50 lbs. I would like to not go over 50# for the mount. I am not particularly mobile, but I won't rule it out. I want premium.
Assumptions: I will use a guide scope and whatever software is necessary or will acquire an OAG if/when that becomes necessary
Here's the meandering part. Right now on classifieds (here and elsewhere) one can get a Paramount MyT with tripod OR a Paramount MX (not Mx+) or even an ME (also original flavor) for 6K! Crazy right? If I was going to go down the Paramount/Bisque route, I am leaning toward getting a new MyT due some of the 'issues' reported by some as WELL as getting TheSkyX whole enchilada without the obligatory $300 transfer fee. OTOH, getting an MX for a SUBSTANTIALLY reduced price is pretty tempting. I am kind of intrigued by ProTrack.
Are the older used Paramounts a crazy idea? Too risky? Is ProTrack all that and a bag of chips?
There aren't many choices now that the Mach1 is off the market. There is Avalon, but the capacity is limiting. Am I missing something?