Originally Posted by Peru
Same.. you wouldn't happen to have experience with/ recommendations for a simple, easy to use tracking mount, would you?
That all depends on what you are willing to pay/ carry around. If you want a small, portable and easy to use tracking mount the Vixen Polarie
might be something for you. Vixen mounts are generally known to be well put together and the polarie is small enough to fit into any camera bag/carry case. They do, however, require a second ball head for polar alignment and the max. (2kg) load capacity is relatively small (although vixen is known to undersell the maximum loading weight of their mounts).
on the other hand is capable of carrying a small telescope (max. load capacity 15kg) and seems to be superbly accurate. The new versions give you the ability to use an additional guide scope that will allow for 5min exposures or more. Unfortunately the astrotrac also requires an additonal wedge and polar scope that makes the overall package really expensive. Furthermore the linear motor needs to be reset ever 2 hours or so.
I currently use the Skywatcher StarAdventurer
. It is relatively inexpensive and capable of carrying most camera setups with ease (5kg load capacity). The polar alignment is a bit of a hassle but once you get used to it setting up the mount will take 20 min tops. A big plus is that the AstroPhoto-Set includes everything you need for astrophotography (excluding the camera tripod). The tracking accuracy may not be comparable to the astrotrac's, but I have seen people getting 10 minute exposures out of the mount with an additional guide scope. Unguided the exposure time should be limited to 2 min to get pin point stars.
If you want a good tracking mount that allows for good results and doesn't break your bank account, you should go for the Skywatcher. If transportability is what you seek the Vixen should be your choice. For uncompromising performance (within reason) the astrotrac is the kit to buy.
Hope this helps ;-).
Edit: All of the mounts I mentioned are small and portable. The Vixen Polarie, however, is comparable in size to a compact camera and thus the easiest to carry around.