The Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer GTi is one of the most advanced small equatorial mounts/star trackers in the market, offering features and capabilities that make it an attractive option for beginners and experienced astrophotographers alike.
The iOptron SkyGuider Pro is a compact and portable equatorial mount designed for wide-field astrophotography with lightweight cameras and lenses. It is one of the most popular star trackers on the market, offering a range of features and capabilities that make it an attractive option for beginners and experienced astrophotographers alike.
The iOptron AZ Mount Pro is a versatile and user-friendly alt-azimuth mount that can be used for both visual observation and some astrophotography with a variety of telescopes without the need for counterweights or balancing.
The Losmandy GM8 is a top-tier German equatorial mount for smaller and medium scopes - a premium competitor to mounts like the Celestron Advanced VX. However, you might be better served by just getting a bigger mount, such as Losmandy’s own G11, right off the bat.
The Losmandy G11 is considered a premium-tier German equatorial mount, and it’s designed with exacting specifications that cater to the needs of serious astrophotographers, as well as anyone looking for a top-quality heavy-duty equatorial mount.
The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6i further improves on the excellent EQ6Ri Pro with the addition of built-in FreedomFind encoders and an alt-azimuth mode for even more versatile uses and telescope payload options.
In the realm of alt-azimuth mounts, the AZ-GTi confidently stakes its claim as one of the most capable and cost-effective currently available, particularly when considering one equipped with GoTo and tracking functionality.
The Explore Scientific Twilight I mount is an excellent manual mount for smaller telescopes and is a huge improvement over a photo tripod head or the partly-plastic alt-azimuth mounts supplied with many cheaper scopes.
The Orion Atlas EQ-G is one of the best equatorial mounts for imaging or carrying heavy telescopes for visual observation out there - though it isn’t quite as jam-packed with features as newer offerings.
The Celestron Advanced VX is a versatile mount that sounds great on paper and is ideal for visual use and planetary imaging, but has limitations for deep-sky astrophotography compared to better-designed mounts from other brands.
The Celestron CGEM II is a versatile and acceptable quality mount for large visual setups, planetary imaging, and deep-sky astrophotography, but isn’t as well-designed as competing mounts offered at similar prices.