Thanks for the suggestions about my dec balance issue. In the interim I have removed a safety screw on the scope dovetail bar. Not real happy to do that but it allows me to slide the OTA far enough up the mount saddle plate to achieve balance.
On a light note . . .not meant to sound snippy but, about this whole CW thing: I am not sure which depresses me more:
1/ That I need an additional 21 lb Losmondy dead weight that costs another $100 plus (non-negligible) shipping , or . . .
2/ I should discard the Losmondy CW outright and order two 23 lb stainless steel- brass bushinged wonders from Casady for $400 plus (non-negligible) shipping!
These are counterweights for crying out loud! Not jewelry! Are we nuts?? Why can't we use barbell weights?
Actually, I think that there are some people out there who use barbell weights. There might even be someone out there who sells a stop for securing them on the bar but I can't remember where I saw those. They just need to have the correct ID and if you sandwhich them between two other wieghts that have the ability to attach to the counterweight bar then you are good to go. It is amazing how much one big chunck of steel can cost. Of course, some of them are just about as pretty as jewelry for your mount. Bling for your mount. My teenage daughter would love that.