it took some effert to find all the parts needed, but i finally have a counterweight solution. the Omni 6" f5 weights in around 22lbs with eyepiece, so i needed something to take stress off the bearings.
in this picture, you see a 12mm bolt, 180mm long, with a nut/washer combo at the mount end... washers on the far end, a 7lb counter weight onto of 1/2" PVC pipe.... which needed to be whittled and sanded down for the counterweight to fit in. i couldn't go without the pvc, since the bolt on the counterweight didn't reach the 12mm long bolt, and even if it did, it would have rolled around.
my last few questions...
7lb counterweight, sitting 10 inches from the center of the mounts axis... the otherside being the 22lb scope... am i okay with this amount of weight? i don't want to put more, but i do have more counterweights. will my set up balance stress on the bearings, or cause more?
also, with eyepiece and diagonal off, the scope needs to sit pointing zenith and the tention tightened a bit, to keep it from nose diving... is this an okay parking position?
i have a 16" pier extention on order, and the combined weight will be getting up there... any one have a wheely-bar solution? either pre-made or home-made? rolling this baby outside complete would make my day!!
thanks again for everyone's help.
oh, and the two M10 bolts seen in the picture serve no purpose, i just put them there to not loose them.