xelfer, be sure to check out the Skyguider thread in mounts, kind of a general chit chat https://www.cloudyni...name-it/page-42
I really like using the ASIair pro with mine, with guidescope and a supported camera (I use various Canon dSLR) it really adds a lot of features and makes the mount much more capable. Some have made thier own with raspberry pi, but I'm not too familiar with that. Yes ASIair pro has its own PA routine, would likely make the extra cost of iPolar a waste. I don't have windows or a laptop so didn't want iPolar anyhow, and I prefer to still have the option of actual polar scope if needed. I don't know if the southern hemisphere changes much with ASIair, I assume it can polar align in the south no problem but I have no experience. Looks like Derp gave some good info on upgrading to a pano head and arca plate.
I would suggest you get a "proper" goto equitorial mount.
With the equipment listed you are already putting a fair amount on a Skyguider, and if memory is right they have only an RA motor so guiding in Dec is kind of impossible.
I know cost in Aus are somewhat high, but AP comes down to getting the rigt equipment for the job. And the Skyguiders etc initially came out as small items to get images when on holiday and when the proper equipment was impractical to take along.
The other aspect is that you need the Skyguider and some variety of wedge, When you add those 2 items up in cost I expect you are close to an equitorial mount. So get the equitorial mount.
Of course a proper goto mount is always going to be better (except for cost and portability!). But I don't agree that anything he lists is even breaking a sweat on a SkyGuider. Yes, dec guiding isn't possible with any RA-only tracker, I hope this is obvious. You need to have good polar alignment, then its not much an issue. Even without guiding I have been able to go to 2-3 minutes with 300-400mm focal length with good PA. I don't know what you are getting at about the needing some variety of wedge, the standard kit includes the wedge. I did upgrade mine to the very costly WO wedge, which I am unsure if really made a difference or not, but still total cost for me is half of what budget GEM like HEQ5 would be.
Having something like the ASIair pro does make finding your target as accurate as a goto mount and much easier than just doing so visually, but it is still tedious to manually move the scope. A tracker will always be much more tedious and possibly not as accurate... I have good days and bad, sometimes images ok at 800mm focal length, some days I throw out subs at 300, but you may have similar bad days even with a GEM. I don't mind the tediousness, at least not yet. I think it's important to learn how to manually do all this stuff first, find targets, etc. Especially if you might take it camping and using it without external devices like ASIair.
Edited by T~Stew, 13 April 2021 - 12:08 PM.