I've had mine over 6 years now and its kept me happy and not interested in anything else in this size range. It mounts easy on my AVX or GP-DX, both easy mounts to set up. I have an AT92 which is my smaller refractor and an APM-152 which is my larger refractor.
I don't understand the hassle factor of setting up at home. On a evening when I know I will be setting up, I start early and am all set up before darkness. I dont have to walk too far from my house to my back yard, maybe 40 feet max. It is lots of walking back and forth but setting up is still kind of fun to me at home. If im too tired to tear everything down after a night in my back yard, I just cover my scope and go inside and break things down the following morning. At a dark site, its a different situation since timing is important when getting there and leaving. I'm always the last to pack up and leave.
I posted this thread last year, after my 6 years of ownership:
so there are lots of very happy people who own these.
Hopefully 2021 is the best year ever for astronomy. In the Last two years I've thinned out the number of telescopes I own, bought 2 new Celestron GoTo mounts and now everything is coming up roses.
All I need this year is clear skies, so even in my back yard mediocre skies I'm looking forward to the best year ever. We all should, especially after 2020.
Edited by aa6ww, 06 January 2021 - 10:33 AM.