I've been waiting for a long time for the SmartEQ Pro to be back in stock... I missed it for a couple of weeks it was... and now it's discontinued. It seems like there is no other similar mount, light weight with GoTo, slightly larger than the camera mounts, but much smaller than the "real" mounts. I asked about this before but it looks like I just have to accept a little heavier mount... or nothing.
I specifically wanted the SmartEQ as a more or less plug&play, light, GoTo mount for photography with a camera.
With a camera I imagine there's a good chance I won't use the counter weights at all...? That can make the weight much more manageable but also make the weight difference between mounts more significant).
I ruled out the Sky Watcher AZ-GTi, ES IEXOS-100 and ES EXOS-2GT.
The only one available here seems to be the Sky Watcher EQ5 (not the AZ-EQ5). Weight in total is about 25kg. Local price is $1200. Price in the UK including international shipping is about $900., will end up maybe close after VAT and import fees.
All the others are not available locally except the GEM28 (so I have to order by shipping from abroad) and not in stock... so who knows when...
The other Sky Watcher and iOptron models might be possible to special order locally.
All price are before international shipping, VAT and any import taxes and fees.
Sky Watcher EQM-35. Not sure about weight, maybe 17kg with two counter weights. $785.
(there's also the EQ3 but can't find the weight)
Celestron Advanced VX. 21kg. $1000.
iOptron CEM26. 14kg with counter weight. $1200.
iOptron GEM28. 16kg with counter weight. $1300 (with case). Local price for the same kit is $1800.
Thanks for any suggestions