How do you feel about skipping the balance weights in Alt-Az mode with a 20 lb load? I usually use the weights, but I'm getting ready for a trip, and just wondering if I can skip the weights for visual observing? I've done it a few times in the back yard, and don't notice any problems. Seems like as long as its balanced, the only concern might be an uneven load on the RA bearing, but I think thats pretty beefy. Scopes are an 8" LX10 and a 100 mm f/8 refractor.
hoping for clear skies in western Nebraska!
Edited by the_chemist, 16 September 2020 - 09:55 PM.