Do you happen to know what that thing weighs John? I don't have a scale to weigh it, but it is seriously heavy and awkward. I am very tempted to take it to work and cut in to two pieces when I get it off.
Ken - at least 50 pounds...and could be heavier. Like your suggestion to turn it into two weights down the road.
The mount was installed on a pier on the observing deck of a college science building for around 25 years, with only a tarp for protection...and the tarp was in very bad condition when I bought it. The mount looked like "10 miles of bad road".
The RA and Dec shafts rotate...but the shafts are both rusty; I may replace both shafts with stainless replacements once I disassemble the mount for restoration this spring, and get that monstrous counterweight freed up!.
The paint on the mount is extremely deteriorated, and the aluminum setting circles (10" diameter) both have a lot of surface deterioration (blotchy, dark spots). Haven't even checked out the Dec and RA drives yet (the dec drive is a nice 360 degree gear drive...not the tangent drive that my '79 uses).
The OTA was stored in a waterproof, gasketed box (also on the observing deck), so it and the finder and guide scopes are in very good condition.
I highly recommend Jeff and Majestic...had him recoat the primary and secondary mirrors for my '79 Cave 12.5" f/6 Model D...they came back in flawless condition!
Edited by John Higbee, 04 December 2018 - 12:26 AM.