The more I am researching about the EQM-35 Pro, the more I am starting to lean towards it.
It is only because of it's light weight and portability, as I am worried about my low muscle tone not being able to lift the HEQ5 Pro as it doesn't have a handle.
I am mainly into wide-field astrophotography although I am hoping to get a scope that can fit either the HEQ5 Pro or the EQM-35 Pro.
I am now indecisive (again) about which one to get XD.
I want to make the right decision and have a mount that will last me a long time.
Here's my journey as an HEQ5 user. I might add that I could easily lift it without the counterweights and OTA, but I prefer to keep everything as assembled as possible to reduce setup time.
- HEQ5 with WO GT81 mounted permanently, kept indoors, wrangled out of a sliding door onto the deck each night. Worked ok with one counterweight. A little scary with both counterweights. People say don't image from a deck due to vibrations from footsteps. However I was running the rig from indoors using ASIAIR Pro, so felt ok ignoring this advice.
- HEQ5 gained some dolly castors, allowing me to easily move it around indoors and outdoors on the deck. However I still had to wrangle it over the sliding door threshold, which was quite hard with both counterweights. I considered getting a ramp of some sort for it, or making one.
- Instead, the HEQ5 found a new home in the garage and a new imaging spot in the drive. However, the tiny 1" step out of the garage was still an issue requiring each dolly castor'd foot to be moved individually.
- HEQ5 got some JMI wheely bars and ratchet straps to hold it onto the wheely bars. No more issues dragging it out of the garage.
- As well as the GT81 I also use the HEQ5 with a Celestron C6.