Now that I've stopped laughing long enough to type this post, I can respond...
Yes, the EP is opposite the refractor. A better picture is on this thread: http://www.cloudynig...5560331/page...
I'm getting quite used to the ladder now, and I think I understand the wobble in the eq platform (the flames). My south sector bearing (it is a single roller bearing, not another wide sector) is placed too far out in relation to the two north sector roller bearings. I hope to test out the theory tonight.
By the way, I have measured the weight and I somehow I mis-calculated my measurements before...the scope on top of the eq platform is 233 pounds. That includes counter balance weights, laptop, refractor, two heavy eyepieces, two power batteries (you know, the car jumper type batteries) and all my blood sweat and tears.