Quote:The weight capacity doesn't include the counterweight.
Quote:The weight capacity doesn't include the counterweight. It also does not take into account long OTA's. However the only reason any of this matters is if you are concerned with vibration damping time. There are plenty of people using the EQ-G on this site with over 65 lbs of equipment on top of it and are very happy with that. I am certain that it needs to be very well balanced for this to work. Obviously if they touch that scope it will vibrate for 20 seconds but that is not a problem if the scope it not in the path of the wind and you use an electric focuser. For visual use without an electric focuser and outside where the wind is a concern, this amount of weight would simply not work. In fact, I would keep the load at or below 30 lbs and definitely use vibration suppression pads. Otherwise you will be dealing with vibration damping times that you may find unacceptable.
Quote:"vibration only last for a couple of seconds"Look in a mirror I think your nose has just gotten several inches longer
Quote:3 seconds? Jim am I going to have to offend you too I think I already reached my quota for the day Now Jim - If you pop in an eyepiece and run it up to say about 250x aiming at some little stars and you thump the side of that telescope and start a stopwatch at the same time. Then you peep into that eyepiece and wait for every last vibration to go away and then stop that stopwatch, it reads 3 seconds Because if you can honestly say you did something like that then that would be objective data that could not be ridiculed by skeptics like me
Quote:Actually I think it is worth arguing about. Because for some of us it is very important. If a scope has to much vibration then you cannot focus it easily at high power and in general it isn't as much fun to use. In fact, this is the very reason I joined this site. I was trying to buy a new mount at the time and hoped to make sure of the damping time before I got it. Needless to say I got terrible advice out here on CN, it was in fact Mike at OPT that determined the actual damping time of the scopes I planned to buy. He was absolutely correct too, every single person on this site that gave me advice was completely wrong. So I am on a little personal campain to stamp out misinformation on this site, not necessarily for myself, but for the next poor guy that wonders out here seeking advice. And I don't believe anyone out here is deliberately lying either, I just think people basically tend to give subjective answers to questions that really need be answered objectively.
Quote:Quote:"vibration only last for a couple of seconds"Look in a mirror I think your nose has just gotten several inches longer I run over 40 pounds on my 10" f/10 SCT/Atlas, and without pads on concrete or asphalt it runs about seven seconds to calm down. With Celestron pads or on grass, about three at most. I'm constantly whacking something so I have a large sample size.
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