This is only my second post here aside from the introduction post. I've been lurking and reading posts for quite awhile here since I received my first real telescope back in December 2019 - Celestron Nexstar 4se. I've been enjoying that quite a bit when I can and have added some better eyepieces and other accessories already. I feel pretty confident in my ability to use it and understand the basic, but still very much a beginner. The learning curve is definitely steep in some areas and learning the jargon did present some stumbling blocks at first. This is the same for many hobbies so not unexpected. I collect stamps and postal history too and can bury a non-collector or newbie in philatelic terms.
However, I'm now at that point I want to add another telescope into the family that has one a bigger aperture for visual viewing and two the ability to delve into astrophotography. I already have Celestron's StarSense, SkyPortal and SkySync. I probably could do without the latter, but I would like my second telescope in the Celestron family and definitely a GOTO. As for OTA I would like the 9.25 Edge HD. As for mounts I've read quite a bit here. I know enough that I want an equatorial mount and from what I've read the AVX just isn't really enough for the 9.25. Would this be a correct conclusion? Then there's the CGEM II and the CGX. From what I've read the original CGEM was kinda a dud and not recommended by a number of reviewers. From what I read here the CGX L might not really be an option anymore - discontinued? That doesn't matter, but would like to know folk's views about the CGEM II vs. CGX (aside from price). Which would be the better match for the OTA or is it overkill, the merits/cons of each, etc?
Also I'm just starting to learn about the diagonal pieces. Is the diagonal that comes with the 9.25 worthwhile as is or best to replace it with one the Celestron's premium model or one from Baader?
I do plan to use some of the accessories like the Star Sense on the new scope, but would like to also know what direction I should look into for Deep Sky cameras for this particular setup. I know it's not optimal scope, but I assume I can use different scopes on these types of mounts later if I wish. I have a Celestron Neximage10 which works for most larger solar system items, but need ideas for DSI. Once I understand and can operate the new scope, mount, software, etc. I might look into a focal reducer and/or hyperstar. This is a long term plan and given the current state of the market and lack of most telescopes and accessories for sale I have more than enough time to continue to research and keep my eyes open for an opportunity. In the meantime, I'll keep having fun with the 4se. Love to hear your takes on my questions above.
p.s. If it makes any difference, I live under Bortle 4 skies and would more than likely only use the scope somewhere in my yard. Not likely to travel with at as I have kids - no room in the car once it's packed for a trip. Due to other factors I don't ever see myself joining a club. There's one nearby in Albany, NY but most often I cannot travel at night.