Well, I haven't posted to this site in months ... but it been about that long since I've had good astrophotography nights in Seattle. This winter is brutal with the rain and the clouds, and the calendar conspires against me in that most good clear nights seem to fall on a work night - and it's early to bed, early to rise.
It took about a year for my love affair with my Celestron AVX mount to run its course. I've been very unhappy with it as of late due to tracking inaccuracies and the fact that the power receptor broke right as I was setting up to photograph the total solar eclipse last August. I had to remove a circuit board and make repairs that still, to this day, aren't fully completed.
In my search for a better mount, I kept reading good things about the Orion Atlas mount. From what I've read, it's supposed to be belt driven (as opposed to the gear drives in Celestron mounts) and most owners seem to be very pleased with the Atlas. I bought a GamePad controller and, once I get the EQDIR cable, I'll be going that route for full computer control rather than using the hand controller.
But for now, I get to stare at this thing until about July, when summer starts in Seattle and lasts a couple of weeks...