Hello cloudy nights community,
I found this community because of a lot of helpful discussions. I recently received my SkyGuider Pro. I want to make sure that I don't stress to motor, so that the tracker works for a long time.
My equipment for Milky Way shots weights around 4lbs (1,8kg). And I read that iOptron says the maximum load for a directly attached ball head is (1,5kg/3,3lbs)
Here are my questions:
1. If I mount the ball head directly on the SGP will it stress the motor too much? Would you rather mount it on the DEC bracket? (See picture 1)
2. Is it better for the motor to use the ball head on top of the DEC bracket with the ball head as seen in the attached image, but without counterweights? (see picture Q2)
3. Would you recommend using the DEC bracket with a ball head and counter weights? (see picture Q3 ignore the red x's)
4. Would you use the DEC bracket without the ball head and counter weights?
I also flipped the mount on the DEC to the short side, the get a lower center of gravity as advised by Peter Zelinka.
I am looking forward to learn from people with experience in this field.