I currently use an AVX mount. I want to get a second mount and relegate the AVX to backup status and for use when I do outreach with more than one scope.
Because I have no backyard and need to go to a site 20 minutes away every time I image (and I'm 67 with neck and shoulder issues) equipment weight is very important to me.
My current OTA's are:
Primary imaging scope - RASA 8
Meade 2080 LX6 f6.3 - Used mainly for visual and maybe planetary images
Eventually I plan to have just one small refractor to use in my decrepitude but for now I want a mount that is very light weight but can also handle my current equipment.
I've therefore decided to get a harmonic mount. I'm deciding between the ZWO AM5 and the iOptron HAE29.
Right now I'm leaning toward the HAE29 because it's a bit lighter and my (uneducated) guess is that it might be inherently more compatible with ASCOM compared to a mount designed with ASIAIR in mind. Also, I like that fact that I can have self contained goto with the HAE29.
On the other hand I've read very good reports about the AM5 and my AVX tripod could be easily modified to hold it if I wanted a heavier/more stable tripod for awhile.
So I'm dithering (no pun intended).
Whichever mount I get I'll be controlling my imaging sessions with a mini PC running NINA, Phd2 and Stellarium. I will not be getting an ASIAIR.
I'd love to hear pros and cons from anyone who has used either of these mounts.