Thanks for the input! When you say guided, do you mean iGuide or using your own guidescope?
Usually with my own guidescope. When I'm using my long focal length scope, a TE 130 F7, I use an off axis guider. Both systems work about as well.
I wasn't tempted by EC. When I got my mount iGuide did not exist, but I wouldn't be tempted by it either.
But, note that I got a CEM60 5+years ago, and have been very pleased. I have no other equipment that old. I think it's still the best lightweight mount (25 pound head weight) there is. At the time I got ir, I could have afforded a Paramount or an AP, they were too heavy for this old man. <smile> The CEM70 no doubt is better, and only weighs a bit more.
It started as a setup I setup/tore down in my backyard every imaging night. It now sits on a portable pier in my observatory, has traveled to a total eclipse and Bortle 1 skies outside a cabin. The only thing that's ever failed was the on/off switch (!), iOptron sent me a new board, and replacement instructions.
Edited by bobzeq25, 22 October 2021 - 10:15 PM.