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Scopes: Meade SN6, 10" Dob, Meade LS6, 5" reflector, 8" reflector, 102GT
Mounts: LXD75 and LXD55
Camera: SBIG 8300M, Baader 7nm Ha, OIII, SII, LRGB
Quote:The key disadvantage of a longer counter-weight bar is the increased risk of whacking your head against it! That said, when I move around my mount now my head tells me (from experience) to move like a Ninja -- very slowly -- for that reason. More seriously, although whacking a head against a counter-weight is serious, in a small observatory like a SkyPod a longer counter-weight shaft confines you even more, although the business end is the other side.
Quote:Hello,If you're still running on a tripod, my preference would be to get an additional counterweight rather than a longer counterweight shaft.Shorter shaft = shorter moment arm on your tripod.Come to think of it.., I'd go this way even if it were on a pier, too.Regards,skybsd