Hey guys, I just bought a used SW 120ed and I am blown away by the image quality. The CA is practically undetectable. When observing Jupiter, I can clearly see which Galilean moon is Ganymede because it is a physically BIGGER dot than the others, which was totally unexpected! Anyway, always the malcontent, I have started to consider getting a better mount/tripod setup and upgrading the focuser, which seems oddly cheap compared to the rest of the scope. It slips and the slow motion knob doesn't really work. I know it can be adjusted, but given how cheap it looks, it seems better just to upgrade it. Any suggestions? My budget would be $300 or less. Also, which size does this scope use (there seem to be two sizes for refractors)?
Mount-wise, I have an Explore Scientific Twilight 1. It holds the OTA up ok, but man is this mount SHAKY. I have vibration suppression pads, but their effect is modest at best. I want a mount that is more stable, and has some kind of goto capability. I'd like to stay at $1000 or lower. Should I go with an EQ mount? I was looking at the Orion Skyview Pro mount. However, I've never owned an EQ mount and am a bit wary of the extra weight and complication. I am strictly a visual observer, so astrophotography is not a consideration. But EQ mounts seem to be more rugged and support greater loads, so... what do you guys think?