Is there a reason why the bushings around the bolts that connect the OTA to a Dobsonian base are loose, and what do folks do to make sure they don't get lost when moving stuff around?
This is probably one of those things that is obvious to everybody but me... After many cloudy nights I went to set up the scope and had the bolts and bushing loose in the base and of course, on of the bushings fell out and rolled away. I found it, but only after searching the flowerbeds with a flashlight for an hour (not the nighttime exploration I had in mind).
One solution I could think of would be to glue the bushing in the hole, but maybe this is a bad idea? Would it be better to store both the bolts and bushing on the OTA? The third thing that I can think of is to secure the bolt and bushing to the base with a nut when not in use, but I'm not sure that type of threads to use.
What do folks do to keep from staring at the ground instead of the sky?