I'm new around here, and I made a little intro about myself in the introductory portion of the forum.
Without a long duplication, I've been chasing around the planets and various faint fuzzies with an 8" Sky-Watcher for a while, and I'm very interested in jumping into astrophotography.
One question I have concerns what type of mount to go with.
I've seen fabulous pictures around here, and around the Web, that were taken with telescopes like the Meade LX200 that come packaged with an Alt-Azimuth mount. I understand the concept of how beneficial slewing across one axis is, and I'm aware that wedges can be added to an Alt-Azimuth mount to make them function like an equatorial mount.
So, my question that I've been wondering is what is best to do...
1. A package-deal catadioptric scope on an Alt-Azimuth mount that can be modified with a wedge for photography.
2. Just go with the Alt-Azimuth mount, no wedge required (I'm just throwing that in becasue I don't know from personal experience whether one of these mounts can allow long exposures while training on two axis).
3. Buy a good equatorial mount (maybe an Orion Atlas mount?) and put whatever I want to on it.
I'm kind of thinking that 3 is the way to go. From everything I read, it seems telecope collections tend to grow. I'd like to buy a good robust mount that can train well with whatever reasonable weight I'm going to want to put on it. Maybe some nights I would have a refractor up for imaging the solar system, but other times I would have a larger aperature catadioptric tube on it for deep sky work.
If you think 3 is the way to go, maybe you could point me in the direction of a good mount. I threw out the Orion mount becasue it seems to be frequently used, and it can support a wide variety of equipment.
Welcome to any and all opinions, and I don't take any offense to someone putting me straight if I'm way off base here.