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Patrick
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Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You...
      #5643058 - 01/25/13 05:55 PM

...so be careful and practice safe carrying methods.

Okay, if I have your attention now, what are you guys doing, if anything, about transporting your counterweights? I'm a wimp, so forgive me, but it's hard for me to carry my two CGEM counterweights at the same time. They're only an 11 lb and a 7 lb weight, but putting them together in a small container (box) may trick me into thinking the box will be light since it's small, and then I'll wrench my back picking it up. I know, that sounds dumb,...oh well.

One thing I'm thinking about getting is a small tool bag that would be sturdy enough to carry the weight.

I'm looking for ideas, so help me out if you can.

Thanks,

Patrick


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Patrick]
      #5643078 - 01/25/13 06:11 PM

I just leave mine in the trunk of my car.

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Patrick
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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: TopherTheME]
      #5643256 - 01/25/13 07:55 PM

Yes, that's a simple, uncomplicated way to do it.

Do you always work out of your car when observing or imaging?

Patrick


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Patrick]
      #5643525 - 01/25/13 10:54 PM

I use a cheap backpack I got as a gimmie at some event to carry 11 and 3.5 lb counterweights, the CW shaft, tripod spreader, power cord, and serial cable for a CG5, and a white towel. In fact, I usually just store those parts in there so they're not forgotten and ready to go. Using the backpack for those clunky parts, I can carry a pretty elaborate rig in two trips. Not exactly grab'n'go, but nearly the next best thing.

Towel? Sometimes I set up a folding table for the computer a few feet away from the telescope and spread the towel over the serial cable so it's less of a trip hazard - it's easy to see in the dark. Works great. And I always know where my towel is.


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: SkipW]
      #5643629 - 01/26/13 12:20 AM

I just put them and the counterweight shaft on the shelf. It gets assembled and carried to the car or backyard like a dumbbell.
Jack


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: jacktechie]
      #5643703 - 01/26/13 01:49 AM Attachment (46 downloads)

Patrick,
This is pretty simple, but it helps to spread the weight out a little. Lots of ways to do it, but these were my CGEM weights and it helps with storage as well.

Another one used for my Cassidy weights for the G 11. Note the CW bar is used for the handle. The box is cheap and carries no real weight, you can also stack stuff on top of it for transport.
Brad


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Patrick]
      #5643943 - 01/26/13 08:26 AM

I'm getting one of these

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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Patrick]
      #5643958 - 01/26/13 08:38 AM

Quote:

and then I'll wrench my back picking it up. I know, that sounds dumb,...oh well.





Doesn't sound dumb to a guy with a bad back. I'd want 'back tweaking' weight to look like what it is. I like the dumbell idea a few posts back.


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: mich_al]
      #5644372 - 01/26/13 01:06 PM

I use a couple small craftsman canvas tool bags, although with about 60+ lbs in each they get heavy and the carry strap is hard on the hands. But still a cheap solution. I do wrap each one individually in a towel.

Dean


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: DeanS]
      #5644657 - 01/26/13 04:09 PM

Pelican Storm IM 2075

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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5644668 - 01/26/13 04:19 PM

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Pelican Storm IM 2075



Agreed. That's what I use. I have two, one for CG5 CWs and one for my LX80. The JMI carrier was too awkward for me to assemble and disassemble. Canvas tote bags, canvas tool bags were all tried but nothing has been as convenient to use and easy to lift, store and transport as the Pelican Storm iM2075 Case. I use the handle only to move it around in the back of my car to position it for transport. Otherwise, I lift it easily with a straight back and two hands on the sides of the case where it can be gripped easily. I'm 62 and my back thanks me every time.

Edited by Fred1 (01/26/13 04:26 PM)


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Fred1]
      #5644835 - 01/26/13 06:06 PM

I carry mine in a Whole Foods bag, which weighs 3 1/2 pounds less than the Pelican case and cost $1. It also has room for my tripod tray and cables. I use my Pelican cases for items like my eyepieces and the mount itself, items that benefit from the waterproof/indestructible features.

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Geo.
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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5644860 - 01/26/13 06:24 PM

OK, I've got one of the JMI carries, came with a mount that's long gone. Thought it was a Meade thing. For $50 I can bend a lot of 16ga. Then just use the CW shaft as the center pin. Wonder if I can lift one with three 25# Cassidy weight in it

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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Geo.]
      #5644960 - 01/26/13 07:24 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

Overkill maybe but I carry them in this pelican/storm case, and I usually take them to the mount one weight at a time and leave the case in the car until I get back home. Takes all 3 for the C11.

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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Lane]
      #5645273 - 01/26/13 11:19 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

I bought a galvanized steel bucket and added a piece of pipe insulation to the handle for cushioning. This is a very simple, inexpensive and cheesy option, but works. By the way, I carry three 11 lb. CW's in it.

Here's a picture:


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #5645346 - 01/27/13 01:02 AM

Quote:

I bought a galvanized steel bucket and added a piece of pipe insulation to the handle for cushioning. This is a very simple, inexpensive and cheesy option, but works. By the way, I carry three 11 lb. CW's in it.

Here's a picture:




I wouldn't call it cheesy. Maybe: brilliant, resourceful, creative, quaint, using the right tool for the job, not over complicating...

Good Job,
Jaimo!


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5658939 - 02/02/13 09:14 PM

Lane,
Excellent solution. I found the same problem. Especially in the cold when your CWs can instantly freeze your hands. I ordered the same case and they fit my Atlas 11lb CWs just fine. I used to haul all 3 at a time to my backyard or from my car, but now it going to be quite convenient.

Gabe


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: AstroGabe]
      #5662792 - 02/05/13 01:02 AM

Get a cat food plastic box with a carrying handle from a local pet store. Add some wood reinforcing for the bottom and sides and a separator between the weights.

Phil


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: Patrick]
      #5662911 - 02/05/13 04:34 AM

Quote:

...so be careful and practice safe carrying methods.

Okay, if I have your attention now, what are you guys doing, if anything, about transporting your counterweights? I'm a wimp, so forgive me, but it's hard for me to carry my two CGEM counterweights at the same time. They're only an 11 lb and a 7 lb weight, but putting them together in a small container (box) may trick me into thinking the box will be light since it's small, and then I'll wrench my back picking it up. I know, that sounds dumb,...oh well.

One thing I'm thinking about getting is a small tool bag that would be sturdy enough to carry the weight.

I'm looking for ideas, so help me out if you can.

Thanks,

Patrick




Actually, you're being smart.

I used a Leather Computer Bag, placed about 20 pounds of weights plus the Dec Shaft in it with the hand controller.
As sure as it rains in the Summer, I forgot how much was in it and DID hurt my back. Wasn't serious but enough to slap my forhead for being an idiot. So just as you're already thinking can happen, did to me.

The dumb-bell solution is a good one.


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Re: Carrying Counterweights Can Hurt You... new [Re: achronut]
      #5671994 - 02/10/13 09:11 AM

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I'm getting one of these




Oooohhh, this looks GOOD!!!!


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