Really my only point was, many of us are older adults, surely in most cases we can still carry comfortably what most consider G&G ie less than say 10 lb especially if it is a few feet, less than 50’, out the door of our house / garage. But you continuously hear that one G&G package is 1-2lb or what have you liter than another. I mean surely we still have enough strength to ....... ? Those relatively lite weights that we are talking can’t be that much of a factor, unless you have some sort of injury ?
I've waited to reply while I gathered my thoughts.
I use an ES AR102. It's a fantastic scope mechanically and optically. I use it on a CG4 and a hearty altaz. I also use a Meade 80/900 with a plastic 1.25" focuser on the same mounts. The CG4 is never grab&go and the altaz is only g&g with the 80mm. The difference in weight between the AR102 and the Meade 80/900 is dramatic. If I didn't have the AR102 I'd still die happy with the 80/900 but the AR102 does pull it's weight.
I can carry all my mounts with scopes mounted but I haul pallets 12 hours a day for a living. I'm not typical. Weight isn't the issue, awkwardness and balance while only having two hands is. The AR102 is a hefty well built mass atop a solid mount while the 80/900 is an inconsequential load atop the altaz. It's not a matter of me being weak, it's a matter of mass and bulk on a lever while navigating doorways and stairs. Pounds add up and where the pounds are also matters.
Everybody's mileage varies, which is why we have these discussions.
Edited by OneGear, 17 October 2019 - 02:35 AM.