At a technical level I agree with you. But at a practical level, look at this thread. Just equipment causes people to question where the hobby is going and where they fit in. With the time restriction removed, this forum will be taken over by the AP folks. There are several threads that show what happens. As an example there is an extremely long thread about az GTI in eq mode, that was taken over by comments that dismissed the mount compared to "true AP mounts".
A more recent example is the seestar and dwarf ii threads. Soon people ask "can I get individual subs" and then proceed to do post with siril and pixinsight. The $400 affordable setup meant to entice new users turns into a crude, poorly engineered AP rig. The threads are eventually dominated by such users, and the poor guys (like me) who are attracted to the eaa use of these devices feel like they no longer fit into what the thread has become.
Bingo! Great post. You are even mentioning the az-gti mount which has been wrongly maligned by the equip snobs. There is no better mount for EAA at that price point. The guy that I bought it from used set it up (in eq) for long exposure AP and got fairly decent results.
This post by you is an interesting contrast to your post a few posts earlier. Yes, there are two sides to every debate.
Edited by Bob Campbell, 22 September 2023 - 08:55 AM.