I'm putting up a permanent observatory in my backyard, including a dome and pier. Initially, I am planning on using my Meade LX85 mount with the Meade 80mm APO Triplet Refractor. I've not been real impressed with the mount (but love the scope) and am thinking about using something different on the pier.
I've seen a lot of positive comments here about iOptron mounts and am strongly considering purchasing either the CEM40 or the GEM45. The prices are only about $100 apart... so does anyone have an opinion about which to go with... or even, what's the difference (other than the center balanced vs. traditional balanced)?
I plan on using this exclusively on my pier, so I don't care about portability factors, ease of polar alignment, etc. Also, I would like to eventually mount my Celestron 8" HD Edge on the mount... if that makes a difference.
Any help would be appreciated!