Several weeks ago I took a chance on a used Exos2gt that I had some great plans for- a DIY hypertune, EQmod motors, and a complete strip and paintjob. With bearings on both axis I was hoping to end up with a decent travel mount for wide-ish astrophotography with my FRA400.
Well, long story short, the RA axis had been taken apart previously, and put back together a real mess. Stripped, marred threads on the RA assembly made removing the nut impossible with the tools I had - I actually sheered off one of the pins on the spanner.
Having missed a recent rare stretch of good imaging weather, I'm feeling down in the dumps with egg on my face. I'm re-selling my hypertune and EQmod kits to try to recoup some money on this failed venture.
With a new round of stimulus checks likely on the horizon, I feel like this could be a good opportunity to pick up a new lightweight mount without breaking the budget. I'm thinking about the new PCM8 version of the Exos2 (Though there's a very bad taste left in my mouth, I understand that the new version is a completely different mount than it's predecessor), or the CEM26. It may come down to whichever of the mounts might be available, and I do think that I should purchase sooner rather than later (when the other bottom-feeders like me suddenly have enough money for a mid-tier mount) before they become even more scare.
Between the two, what would you choose?