The alt-az "sleeper"
Posted By Chuck Cunningham
I actually tried this for awhile, and found it workable. The biggest advantage was not having to flip the mount around and lose track of where your slo-mo controls are and having to rotate the scope to put the eyepiece in a convenient place. However, I gave it up as it became obvious that I did a lot more viewing close to zenith than I did close to Polaris -- and it's still just as heavy. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an inexpensive alt-az mount for an f9 refractor that will take DSC.