I was scrolling through classifieds and came across a Celestron C5 OTA for sale for a very attractive price to me and it got me thinking about some things. I never really thought about this scope too much since I never see anybody using them but it occurred to me that if the optics are decent it could do well as a good travel scope given the small size and could be a better scope for viewing planets than my 90mm f/10 refractor or my 130mm f/5 newtonian.
I would end up purchasing another mount to use with it since my smallest mount is really only barely suited for use with my Orion ST80 and that will be part of this question. The first part is, how are the optics? Does anybody have any experience they can share with this OTA? Is it as small and easy to pack in a small case as it looks from pictures?
Secondly, I don't have a huge preference between EQ mounts and AZ mounts having used both and being pleased with either, so does anyone have mounting suggestions? Keep in mind that this would be intended mostly for vacations or having something easy to pack for a star party.
Occasionally I might consider using it to image small DSOs or planets. While that wouldn't be the main purpose, I wouldn't mind seeing a few example images!
Thanks in advance to anyone who deems to respond.