Hi folks - returning to astronomy fun after a bit of hiatus - very busy with work.
I have been primarily an imager for the past 10 years, and I'm very experienced with german equatorial mounts (I have an MyT for imaging).
I'm thinking about a second mount for observing with a larger SCT (11 or possibly 14).
I don't want this thread to be about the pros/cons of observing with an SCT- there are a number of reasons I'm thinking about this strategy as opposed to a dob/other.
I'm interested to look at goto mounts to support the load. I've owned Celestron and Losmandy mounts in the past. I liked the hand set Celestron provided for functionality and ease of use over the Losmandy and Paramount.
I'm out of touch with the mount market of late - here are a few requirements I'm thinking about -
-- portability/weight. I'm getting older, nuff said
-- good stability is ok but I won't be imaging with this mount - so I'd rather stay with one of the mass produced mounts at lower cost
-- good to excellent tracking. Once aligned, I just don't want to be monkeying with finding objects. I plan to do some outreach, just want a reliable goto
the IOptron CEM70 to me seems like a good comprimise, with mount only 30 lbs, I think this would be a good fit. The celestron options are just too heavy at 40lb+ for CEMII or the CGX options.
What other mounts should I be considering?
Thanks in advance.