I'm new at astronomy, and planning for photometry. I have a 14 inch F8 on a fork mount from a promanent manufacturer. This mounts performance is completely unacceptable. The sky view from my pier is 110 degrees east to west. I will replace this fork mount with a GEM, and keep the OTA. The AP1100 GTO will track very, very far past the meridian such that meridian flips will never be needed. Alternative mounts such as My-T and GM2000 only track for two hours past the meridian, but may be more easily obtained. Performing a flip to access that last hour of sky view available to me seems unlikely to occur because I'm lazy and it's cold outside.
The question is:
If I choose to use one of these non-AP1100 mounts and...
If I were to fabricate a tilt-plate such that the north-south axis remained properly level, while the east west axis was tilted 30 degrees downward toward the west, it seems the mounts mechanical as-designed 'meridian position' would shift two hours eastward, the same, and the sky-referenced post-meridian maximum travel would now be two hours further west, four hours total past the local actual meridian. The mount would now aim at the actual meridian with the as-designed gearing engaged 30 degrees eastward of the designer-anticipated 'meridian' position.
I've never owned a GEM. I think this will work buy I am curious if I've overlooked some mechanical, geometric, polar alignment, or software/control feature that would cause this setup to fail, leaving me with just another stupid mistake.
Please share your comments with me.