It's a problem I see, over and over.
People trying to take decent astroimages and getting frustrated.
They tend to overload their telescope's mount, with all sorts of gear, such as guidescopes, CCD cameras,
digital camera's, whatever it may be.
And then discover the payload is too much for the mount by trying to get the whole system to work
That simply does not work. You will end up getting frustrated, in both guiding and tracking errors.
Then you also have to balance the whole system carefully.
Adding extra counterweights won't solvethe problem of an undergunned mount!
It is always better to under utilize a telescope mount, than to buy one that that meet's your immediate needs.
Try to think longer term.
In other words, get a mount that will manage a heavier payload to begin with,then you won't have these.
I've talked about this before, but I still see folks making this mistake, over and over.
So I'm here to remind you about it again!
Now, if this is a problem you can relate to, then I do have some good news for you right now.
We have several Celestron heavy duty mounts on sale right now, such as the CGEM, CGEMDX, and CGE-PRO.
Depending on your needs anyone of them can accept your Current Optical tube assembly. We stock all sorts
of adaptors, to do this.
Keep in mind, you can also trade in your existing mount system towards a new one as well.
PS Spring is just around the corner; the birds are all out, the squirrels and pesky raccoons are out of hibernation as well.
You should have seen the mess the raccoons made at the birdfeeder. Darn critters. My neighbour, Dave, would just shoot
'em (people do that here in the north), but I ain't got the heart to do that. It's been a tough Winter for the deer, many of them
have struggled, due to the high volume of snow. They just can't get around as easily, and food sources are scarce.