Quote:Taller pier seems the easiest option. A shorter CW shaft is also an option with more weight. Looks like you're on the right track .
A-P 130GT 8" EDGE HD AVX AP Wood Tripod
Quote:Improvising/bending the weight shaft a bit in such a way so it swings clear of the top edge yet allows some weight adjustment could be a possibility.I presume more extreme measures of balcony railing adjustments may not be possible.
Quote:Shorter CW shaft, with heavier (bigger diameter?) weights up closer to the axis of rotation is the only alternative to higher pier... IMHO...Vixes Sphinx might be useful here, it's body is part of its CW system, thus needing less weight and shorter shaft...
Quote:I would suggest a shorter cwt shaft with additional cwt. The shorter cwt shaft may solve the bumping problem plus you get the benefit of a shorter "Moment-arm" on your mount, so it may be a bit steadier as well
Johnny FS152 15" Obsession Classic w/ 14.5" f/4.65 Zambuto
Quote:I've got a bit of a nagging issue. In order to clear the railing on my balcony the mount/telescope needs to be quite high up. However this means that when pointing the telescope at an object high up all it'll see is the balcony above mine. Anything above roughly 55 degrees in elevation is not visible for me. This means that only a quarter or so of the sky is visible at any time.
Quote:Quote:I've got a bit of a nagging issue. In order to clear the railing on my balcony the mount/telescope needs to be quite high up. However this means that when pointing the telescope at an object high up all it'll see is the balcony above mine. Anything above roughly 55 degrees in elevation is not visible for me. This means that only a quarter or so of the sky is visible at any time.Build and adapter plate for your pier that will extend the mount beyond the balcony. That will give you a clear view of half the sky.
C14 EdgeHD, C11 EdgeHD Zhumell 8" f/6 Newt AP1200GTO, CGEM DX, CG5-ASGT Rob Miller Tri36M tripod Canon Rebel XS, Atik 314L+, DSI pro I,II, QHY5L-II SX 7 FW with Astrodon LRGB, Ha 5nm Hutech OAG5, Rainbow Optics Grating Scorpio Observatory
Quote:Does your mount allow counter-weight up (scope down) when tracking?
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Quote:Shorten the shaft, add weight, the mount will handle it without a problem. The load on our EQ6 is FAR heavier than yours, we use 4 of the stock counterweights to reach balance, and it handles that load just fine.Do you leave the mount set up under a cover, or take it down when it's not in use ?
Photo: Qhy9 mono + qhy 5x2" filter wheel and Baader 2" LRGB, Ha, O3 and S2 filters , Meade DSI Pro 2 as guider, TS 9mm off-axis guider Binoculars: Nikon Action 12x50 Telescopes: Skywatcher Evostar 120ED f7.5 APO + TS 2" flattener Mounts: HEQ5 Pro Eyepieces: Nagler 11mm type6, Pentax XW 7mm, Televue 2X barlow 1.25"