Since the OTA+Fork-mount combination of LX200 GPS is quite heavy to carry (even for a 8"), I was wondering if there is a way to modify the fork-mount so that the OTA can be easily mounted/dismounted. Sort of like the Celestron 8SE but with two fork arms with saddles that you can slide in the OTA.
I have seen a 10" telescope which uses the same Fork-mount as the 8" telescope, but to accommodate the 10" OTA, it uses a 1" spacers at the base of the fork arms (in between the fork-arm and the base). So the 10" fork-mount already has enough space to accommodate dove-tail saddles on either side to hold a 8" OTA I think.
The wires in the fork arms probably have enough slack to allow me to put 1" spacers.
Are there any mechanical restrictions to prevent from doing this to my 8" LX200 fork-mount ?
The accuracy of go-to movements will suffer a little bit.
Thanks for reading!