Those anchor points should also be located very close to each leveling feet to keep those areas as rigid as possible to prevent possible splaying of the feet and part of the Halo, as they will be bearing at least the weight of the base permanently.
I honestly don't think that splaying of the feet, or sagging of the unsupported spans would be a problem over the long term with the current HALO design. The 1.25" thick Extira material is pretty darn stiff.
But what I
think isn't really what matters. What customers
customers) think is what matters, and clearly there is some concern about the strength/stiffness of the current HALO design.
So I'm considering
altering the design to make it even stronger than it already is. The change would add 2-3 pounds per HALO, and the price would increase slightly (shouldn't be more than 10-15 bucks) but it would make the HALO MUCH
stronger and stiffer. But before we commit to this new design, I figure we might as well throw it out here and get some good feedback.
This new design would have a 1" wide support lip around the inside perimeter (current design has .75" wide support lip) plus connecting "spokes" that would add a lot
of strength to the overall ring, and especially to the unsupported spans between the leveling feet. Keep in mind that the current
12" HALO design has been tested to support over 400 pounds, so I suspect that this spoked version would easily handle another couple hundred pounds (just in case anyone out there has a 600 pound 12" Dob.
So what do you all think? Would anyone have any lingering doubts about the strength of the HALO with this design? Would anyone balk at the extra 2-3 pounds? Would anyone balk at another few bucks if they were more comfortable with the strength of the HALO?
I'm all ears!