Tom gently tried to discourage me from ordering the pan handle with my DM4, but I bought it anyway because it worked well with my previously owned DM6 that I used with a previously owned NP101 and Mewlon 210. I am still searching for another NP101 or other 4” refractor to use with the DM4.
In the meantime, which is over a year now, I have been using the DM4 with my AT72EDii. I don’t like using the pan handle with this scope because it’s awkward, it’s heavy, and it exacerbates a balance problem with this tail-heavy refractor, so I have removed it. Tom suggested shortening the handle, but I haven’t done so yet because I want to try it with a 4” scope first. Don’t know how this will play out yet, but suspect I will eventually cut down the DM handle or sell it and fabricate my own handle because I have some concerns about steering a refractor by its diagonal.
I bought the eyepiece tray with my DM6, but didn’t with my DM4 because I don’t want the added weight of the tray on what I hope will be a grab-and-go 4-inch refractor rig. Think I will eventually fabricate a smaller and lighter EP tray that I will mount on the tripod to lower the rigs CG.
I shortened my pan handle, removing the curved portion. Also, positioning the scope in such a way to balance with the handle is a requirement if you are going to use the handle.
The EP tray is not the best if you use a Nagler 31mm as it will not allow any other 2" eyepieces to fit the tray. But, I can always drop the grenade in my pocket while I pick another piece from the tray. Yes, the EP tray needs a refresh...