I recently purchased a used Celestron C8 (vintage 96-99 Celestar 8 deluxe?) with a very heavy fork mount with tracking only. Yes, given the demand for telescopes it was a bit of an impulse purchase. The mount is far too heavy for me to move safely and comfortably.
My two options are now are to sell the telescope "as is" probably for less than I paid for it, or to defork it and mount it to a GoTo. It's my impression that the telescope itself is excellent, but with this mount, I'm not going to use it. I am also not willing to spend more than $800 on a GoTo mount and am considering the Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial GoTo Telescope Mount. If I spend more than $800, I might as well get a new telescope.
My telescope experience is less than a year, but am very mechanical (in addition to having a very mechanical husband) so I think I could put a dovetail on it and successfully remount the C8.
But? Is it worth it?