Hello, I'm a newbie, first time forum poster here, about to go on my first outing in a few days. I'm doing a dry run of assembling my equipment at home, before going out.
I can't balance the Fine-Tuning Mounting Assembly plate (I'm using it in case I need to re-align the Adventurer while I'm out on site), Canon 6D, Manfrotto 496RC2, and Tamron 15-30mm lens (total weight 2.37 kg) on my Star Adventurer with Sky-Watcher's 1 kg counterweight and rod.
When used, should the counterweight be subtracted from the 5 kg payload capacity of the Star Adventurer to get the remaining maximum payload for the rest of the gear? Is it advisable to add more counterweight up to the 5 kg maximum to achieve balance?
Thank-you in advance for your replies (any advice or tips are welcome).