I want to upgrade my CGX mount and am looking at Losmandy G11T (Titan RA), Paramount MyT, SW EQ8-R (not Rh). This will likely be my last mount for at least 10 years.
I typically get around 0.8 " RMS total (worse in poor seeing), but I'm constantly fighting with my RA so my stars are usually a bit oblong (eccentricity 0.5-0.6). So basically, like everyone, I am looking for tighter, rounder stars)
Also of consideration is that I can't see Polaris from my location so polar alignment needs to be done other ways.
I have a C8 on it now and do mainly astrophotography with it. I will upgrade to a C11 Edge at some point (so the load will not grow past 45-50 lbs). I have a pier setup outside, but I take in the mount when really bad weather comes in. PA is maintained very well even when remounting onto the pier so I only have to PA maybe once a year.
My questions are:
G11T - 1. how well can guiding be done?
2. how easy to PA without Polaris?
3. how good is it mechanically?
EQ8-R - 1. how well can guiding be done? (not a lot of info I can find yet)
2. how good is it mechanically?
MyT - 1. would love to get this, but is it really worth the extra $2k? (money I could put towards my OTA down the road).
I will likely never live in an area where the seeing is excellent so I don't really want to pay for a mount that is overkill.
I know this question has been asked in many different forums, but its hard to sort out the info.
Thanks in advance,