I need to give my family some suggestions that will work with my current astro gear rig for Xmas. I enjoy DSLR AP, seriously considered telescope AP, and hopefully have a barn door tracker on the way from a family member. I'd love to learn Newts and EQ mounts, so I considered getting a EQ Newt + motor drive to learn AP with. Luckily, you amazing folks at Cloudy Nights steered me away from that, given how many problems there were with that idea. My current budget is around $400, but may be able to stretch some (though not as far as a CG-4, motor drive and the Skywatcher Evoguide 50ED). It can stretch to around $600 max, if it's something I really want, but no farther.
What I'm not looking for
This is likely to be my biggest purchase ever.
What I am looking for
-Maybe new scope with EQ mount
I can buy from B&H used, or Adoroma used, or MPB, but not for sale by owner (eBay).
My AP camera is a Rebel T3, with a 135 f/2.8 lens that I haven't tried successfully due to lack of tracking. I've also heard that my scope gets unbalanced easily by heavy thing on the EP end.