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#1 tadpoletoo

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:32 PM

Had some nice weather over the weekend, got the new scope out there and it has been cloudy since...go figure. Please ignore the grey hair. I can tell you a Meade lx 200gps 14 is not a grab and go! The dew shield doesn't fit in the 2.3 meter sirius dome.

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#2 Kraus

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:40 PM

It is a grab and go...grab it and there goes your back.

You two look like my wife and I when we muscled my LX-200, 14 incher from the ground to the wedge.

Bertha is her name. She's waiting for darkness. First object is the Owl nebula. No moon like last week.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:49 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. have not finished welding my homemade wedge, so there will be one more up and down with it.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:06 PM

It is a grab and go...grab it and there goes your back.

You two look like my wife and I when we muscled my LX-200, 14 incher from the ground to the wedge.

Bertha is her name. She's waiting for darkness. First object is the Owl nebula. No moon like last week.

Nice to know your wife's name is Bertha. ;) Mike

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:31 AM

It took three to lift it to my wedge. One was a champion weight lifter.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 10:58 AM

Tadpole,
This is why you need an engine hoist (http://www.harborfre...able-69445.html). I'm using a Tractor with a set of forks & strapping for my HGM-200. A #30 DEC assembly is a bunch to try & put on the RA shaft at chest level. DAMHIKT.

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#7 Kraus

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:32 PM


Ah ha ha. No the telescope's name is Bertha. Ah ha ha. I shan't let my wife see this one. Quit making me laugh. You made me blow a lung.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:26 PM

You guys need to get a Foldable Engine Crane. Lots cheaper than back surgery.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:45 PM

Wow, that is... awesome! :)

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:55 PM

You guys need to get a Foldable Engine Crane. Lots cheaper than back surgery.


I used to have one of those when I had my old GTO. I should have kept it, the hoist AND the car :-) Sadly, they don't really get high enough to use on a tall pier. It's just high enough to clear the fender with the oil pan, and that's it.

I'm thinking of putting a small winch in the observatory to get stuff on and off the pier too. I'm not so good with heavy weights at shoulder level. It's a b*tch to try to line up a vixen saddle like that.



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:02 PM

I saw a 1 ton that had a crane height of 8 feet for under $200.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:14 PM

Nice! If we're still talking about the engine hoist; they need a lot of floor space to maneuver. The electric hoists from HF look ideal. I was wondering what a good strategy for "bolting it to the roof trusses" but still be able to move the hoist around away from the pier; to pick up or set down a scope or mount. Some kind of track hanging from the roof?

starting with something like this:

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#13 CharlesW

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 09:48 AM

Cabellas has this game hoist. http://www.cabelas.c...oist/741417.uts






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