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plav1959
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Counterweight transport
      #6177939 - 11/05/13 06:18 PM

I've got four A-P counterweights on the way and was wondering what people use to transport and protect them. DIY or purchased. Pictures would be very much appreciated!

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Cotts
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: plav1959]
      #6177998 - 11/05/13 06:51 PM

I use cloth shopping bags. I have 4 counterweights, so, four bags. I put one inside the other so that I only carry two bags....

Dave


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Stelios
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: plav1959]
      #6178029 - 11/05/13 07:12 PM

I transport my humble CG-5 counterweights (2 x 11 lbs ea.) in a small Pelican case (I think it's a 1200). They fit pretty well. I'll see if I can get pictures tonight.

OTOH, AP makes counterweights from 5 to 24 lbs, so much depends on what weight you're talking about. But I would think that ideally you'd split them two to each case (with some protective foam to separate). Then you can walk "balanced."


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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: plav1959]
      #6178064 - 11/05/13 07:33 PM

Quote:

I've got four A-P counterweights on the way and was wondering what people use to transport and protect them. DIY or purchased. Pictures would be very much appreciated!




Only easy way I can think of is to wrap them in plastic and put them back in the original box with the foam forms.


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rigel123
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #6178355 - 11/05/13 10:50 PM

My Atlas counterweights, two eleven lb and one seven lb are in a Pelican case

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mgwhittle
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: rigel123]
      #6178365 - 11/05/13 11:00 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

A case I built myself. Holds three 18 pound counterweights and has a lift off top.

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core
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: plav1959]
      #6178395 - 11/05/13 11:22 PM

$5 tool bag from Harbor Freight and EPP Foam (in this case, the foam inserts for an Orion 6" Dob is a perfect fit). These are 22lb CGE weights. Everything's snug even if bags are upside-down.



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snommisbor
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: core]
      #6178431 - 11/05/13 11:58 PM

My Scope guard case has two slots for my counterweights, of course the case with my mount in it makes it heavy but that is how mine transport.

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andysea
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: snommisbor]
      #6178564 - 11/06/13 02:09 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

I have four AP counterweights and I carry them in this case
http://www.amazon.com/Type-30-Outdoor-Case-Color/dp/B0010AWJ5S
The weights are stacked in two tiers separated by a sheet of neoprene that I cut to size. The pluck foam has two layers and that is part of the reason why I picked this case.
It was the most compact and elegant solution that I could find.

Edited by andysea (11/06/13 02:10 AM)


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MartinTreadgold
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: andysea]
      #6178609 - 11/06/13 03:24 AM

Supermarket Shopping bags ftw!

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hahied
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: MartinTreadgold]
      #6178630 - 11/06/13 04:09 AM Attachment (26 downloads)

This is my homemade solution. Easy to store, carry and transport in car.

Hans


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hahied
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Reged: 10/15/06

Loc: N57 E13
Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: hahied]
      #6178636 - 11/06/13 04:30 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

And this is for counterweight shafts.

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mgwhittle
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: hahied]
      #6178646 - 11/06/13 05:03 AM

Hahied, I like what you did. I am going to copy it for transporting my weights when I am setting up at home.

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snommisbor
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #6178836 - 11/06/13 09:27 AM

Thats pretty cool Hahied

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CharlesW
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Loc: Chula Vista & Indio, CA
Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: snommisbor]
      #6178955 - 11/06/13 10:37 AM

I have four of the MX counterweights. At home I just leave them stacked up in the closet but on the road I load them onto the shaft and then put everything into a $19 Home Depot Husky plastic tool box. It works perfectly. Of course, the toolbox isn't nearly strong enough to be picked up with all that weight, 100 lbs, it's just to protect them while in the back of the truck. I'm a big fan of the Husky line. I use the big boxes to transport my C14 and mount and the Technician boxes for my eyepieces and bits.

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Pat at home
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Loc: Campbellton, New Brunswick, Ca...
Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: CharlesW]
      #6179534 - 11/06/13 03:56 PM

Haheid,

I suggest you watch out for your toes when carrying the counterweights. Screw threads into end grain wood is not the strongest joint. Better would be a threaded rod all the way through the central dowel and through the base secured with a washer and nut.


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plav1959
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Loc: Central Florida
Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #6187104 - 11/10/13 05:04 PM

Nice case Mark. Where did you get the aluminum extrusions?

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plav1959
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: snommisbor]
      #6187109 - 11/10/13 05:07 PM

Hey Rob,
I had considered Scopeguard cases for the mount and counterweights until I went online and saw the business is up for sale...


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Seldom
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Loc: N of Cedar City Light Dome
Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: hahied]
      #6187236 - 11/10/13 06:00 PM

Quote:

This is my homemade solution. Easy to store, carry and transport in car.

Hans



Like the others said, definitely cool, but why did you put the white buttons on the bottom of the counterweight carrier?


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mak7
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Re: Counterweight transport new [Re: plav1959]
      #6187265 - 11/10/13 06:16 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

I have used two versions of inexpensive carriers for different mounts. Very easy to build with out any special tools.
Brad


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