CG5 ASGT mount head/tripod position
Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:14 AM
After seeing pics of members scopes of their CG5 and tripod alignment, do I place the counterweight shaft over the tripod 'north" leg or between the "south" tripod legs in the middle?
Posted 26 January 2014 - 10:52 AM
Posted 26 January 2014 - 11:12 AM
If you place it between the south legs, when there is no OTA on the mount, the CG wigth counterweights gets pushed way out to almost the circle of the legs.
A small bump in the dark will send your mount crashing to the ground.
At least that was what happened to me one night.
I was using a C9.25. I took the OTA off and was behind the mount putting something away.. I bent down and bumped the mount and the next thing I heard was a big wet thud as the mount head crashed into the ground.
This was an aluminum leg mount, so perhaps the steel leg mounts are more resistant to this due to the extra weight of that leg, but I was only using a C9 with two counterweights.
Posted 26 January 2014 - 04:27 PM