Thanks to all for the great feedback.
I think I've all but ruled out the dobsonian mount due to the probability in dabbling in astrophotography. I dabble in this already in a limited fashion using the TASCO and an off the shelf Web Cam blue-tacked to the scope
. The images aren't real pretty (blurrey as buggery in fact) but it certainly has driven home the need for a stable mount.
I'd be interested in more info on the comments casstony made on the setup side of things. My understanding of the goto systems is that you basically (in very simple terms) need to level the scope, set it it up to roughly point to SCP, add some time (GPS or otherwise) and do an alignment based on three or so stars
. Probably way off the track, but if that is somewhere near what's involved then with my background in surveying I don't expect that there will be too many issues in understanding or carrying out the steps involved.
I guess I'm still leaning toward the goto mount as I feel once it is setup, jumping from object to object will be far simpler than having to locate the object without the goto and if I'm out there doing a bit of gazing I don't imagine that I'd have to be looking at too many different objects before the time taken to find object without the goto would be greater than initial set up of the goto. But hey, I'm making some really big assumptions here
Re. getting the EQ6 and 10" OTA and then getting the goto down the track, even though my other half is pretty supportive, I think the chances of spending an extra $1200 down the track are somewhere between buckleys and none
Anyway thanks again for the feedback and appreciate any further comments.