I think the title of my questions says it all... I'm currently considering the purchase of a CEM120 to sit on the pier of
my permanent setup at the terrace of my home. My plan is to do AP using my GSO RC10" at the native focal length of 2000mm, so I want to take long exposures of 5-10min. I know this is demanding so I originally thought that the EC or EC2 version (with the encoders) was my preferable choice.
But then I started reading and watching youtube videos about this mount. That drives me a bit crazzy as I've seen people getting wonderful results with the encoders, but also read weird things about issues when trying to guide the EC/EC2 versions with PhD2. That makes me wonder what is the right version to purchase. In fact I plan to guide with TheSkyX Pro which I own, so if the bad interaction is only with PhD2, then that shall not be an issue. On the other hand, I know in posts you always read about bad experiences and hardly about good ones, so the impression one gets may be biassed.
So all in all, I'm in a mess. I may want to purchase a CEM120, but do not want to make the wrong choice. So what is the current status? What is the best choice now, to buy it with encoders or to stay away from them? Please notice I'm not really fond of unguided imaging, so I plan to guide, be it EC or not.