The statement about a power outage damaging the 10u is outright WRONG, along with some other things stated by gnomus. What he may be referring to is a practice called hot plugging on pages 24, and 28 of the 10u manual. That is a practice that many mount manufacturers discourage, including AP and sb. Gnomus, you might want to talk with Barry about this, since you state that you are uncomfortable with the mounts’ operation. Not a fanboy of 10u, they have their faults, but please get your facts straight.
I’ve had several power outages with the 10u and never been a problem with restart once power is restored. The mount stays in position and will not crash into the pier. A back up ps is always a good idea though.
I like the 10u mount, but not the guy I bought it from. ( There are 3 other vendors of these mounts, just be aware of the troller). It has performed flawlessly for going on 3 years.
I have a 2127mm idk and the tak fsq 106 ( piggy back on a 2000). Unguided for the tak at 30 min. is never a problem and I do it routinely. Once you start getting above 1000mm f/l, things can get nebulous with unguided. It is largely dependent on seeing conditions in your area. I have gone unguided with 2127mm for 20-25 min on good evenings, but it’s not worth the risk, so I guide that baby.
SGP works flawlessly with 10u and phd2 for pier flips, ect. Much better than brandx and maxim. Stay away from maxim version 6, especially if you are using a hub.
I will say that I am concerned with customer service and 10u. Being european made, expect lots of vacation time during the year. So my experience with 10u has been bittersweet due to the vendor and forum waits. If I had to do it all over again, I would probably go with AP ( I’ve had three of their mounts with no bs customer service in the good ole USA ). Tolga is a good vendor for the mounts that you are considering. He’ll be there for you, even at night.
Lastly, the current euro to $ exchange rate is significant. Last time I looked, it was close to a 25% premium for euro goods. If you buy US, you’re essentially saving yourself 20-25% on an apples to apples product. Great for them, not so great for you.