Hi. I've quietly lusted over the at115 for over a decade. The ongoing sale is making it hard to put off getting one, but I'd prefer to not have to spend $$$ on a new mount. I currently have a Celestron C80ed on a Voyager alt/az mount, which also (close enough) handles a C6 SCt. On paper the Voyager should handle the weight of the 115EDT but I know that's pushing it. Intended use would be open clusters, lunar and planetary visual. I also have an ancient Cg5 mount that I'm not even sure goes up to the year 2023 in its goto database (?) but which I could use without the goto feature if need be. The final consideration is that I'd like to try some photography, most likely using a Fuji mirrorless to start.
My C80ed refractor gives excellent views, but I'd really like a bit more visual "reach" having recently retired from NJ to AZ, and darker skies. The 102EDL would be easier to accommodate mount-wise, but I don't know that it would give me enough "more" than the C80ed.
I've read posts about the at102EDL vs the at115EDT until my eyes hurt. So, I'd appreciate any opinions on whether it would be an upgrade (visually now and for photography later) over my C6 SCt, C80ed and the at102EDL such that I should just give in and get the 115EDT and worry about the mount later? Or if it were you, would you invest in a better mount now and use my present C80ed (or at66ed) for photography and the SCt for deeper visual?