After a lot of thought, I am going to go for a more difficult setup to do mid-narrow field astrophotography and possibly some other experimentation. I'll be trying out the exos2-gt with the PMC-eight system with an RC6 and off-axis guider. I am not an astronomer, but I have enough optics experience that I should be able to handle collimation just fine. I think I would be a little embarrassed if I could not figure it out with my background. So its going to come down to how well this thing can guide at higher focal lengths, and I am super motivated to try it out.
One thing I want to do is write an algorithm to tell the mount to automatically shift through steps using the DSI collimation method when using an artificial star.
Then write another algorithm to compute the deviation from an ideal diffraction pattern outside of focus like in the DSI method.
I could probably write this in labview, but labview can be more of a pain despite it already having a lot of libraries for imaging.
I wish I could go bigger, but I am not "well to do" to say at least.