Caught up with chas. Video chat.
He enjoyed visual observing with his AP130 but reported many issues with the iOptron CEM60 mount. Like being off with alignment stars. And when he finally aligned it said it was unsuccessful. He also didn't like the worm gear engagement system.... Too delicate on the Dec axis.
He told me about the new mount on order. A very interesting design. One that avoids meridian flips! Of course, made in Italy, it comes in Ferrari red!
We discussed many other things. Star parties, hosts, locations, white light management. NEAF and Starmus. Cars and rockets. Exoplanets. Geochron clocks. As usual.
Life, the Universe, and everything.