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#1 ValeRyo

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Posted 26 May 2023 - 09:29 AM

I own a HEQ5 with rowan mod and my scope is a TS 150/600. The whole, with camera, guidescope and all, weights about 7kg and for balancing it, as I have only the two 5kg weights of the mount, I have to put a weight nearly all down the rod and the second to the very top of the rod. Is this a good solution? I think that a shaft extension would allow me to use only one 5kg weight at a lower point, but I read this can be not the best for guiding. The guide in this situation with two 5 kg wights is constantly at 0.8, my rig is at 1,64. What is the best solution?

 

- one 5 kg weight with shaft extension

- two 5 kg weight in actual position, one top one nearly down

- source a 1-2kg weight and change the 5 kg on top 

 

Thanks!!!



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 10:22 AM

Put the two weights together and slide them up and down as a unit until you are balanced.  Closer is better.



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 10:40 AM

As above, both weights together, closer to the top is best.


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 01:36 PM

Here's a useful reference.  Made quite a difference to my mount.

 

https://www.astro-ph...ize-guiding.pdf


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 02:46 PM

Here's a useful reference.  Made quite a difference to my mount.

 

https://www.astro-ph...ize-guiding.pdf

It's too bad MalwareBytes flagged this link as a phishing scam.  Strange that it would unless there is some sort of redirect/intercept going on.  I have been to the Astro Physics site before with no issues.



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Posted 26 May 2023 - 03:02 PM

It's too bad MalwareBytes flagged this link as a phishing scam.  Strange that it would unless there is some sort of redirect/intercept going on.  I have been to the Astro Physics site before with no issues.

Gosh!  My Norton is fine with it.


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 03:18 PM

It's too bad MalwareBytes flagged this link as a phishing scam.  Strange that it would unless there is some sort of redirect/intercept going on.  I have been to the Astro Physics site before with no issues.

I have Malwarebytes too.  No issue here, site loaded fine.


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Posted 26 May 2023 - 08:36 PM

It's too bad MalwareBytes flagged this link as a phishing scam.  Strange that it would unless there is some sort of redirect/intercept going on.  I have been to the Astro Physics site before with no issues.

Loads fine on my Windows 10 machine.


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Posted 29 May 2023 - 02:50 PM

thank you for all your answers!!!



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Posted 29 May 2023 - 07:14 PM

Loads fine on my Windows 10 machine.

Win10 on this PC too.  question.gif  I don't know, could be a false alarm too.



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Posted 29 May 2023 - 07:19 PM

Gosh!  My Norton is fine with it.

I dumped that major resource hog long ago. It was missing stuff others were catching anyways. It used to be the best at one time.  McAfee no longer infests this PC either.  It was just as bad.  But like I said I had been to the site many times before with no flags being tossed up. undecided.gif




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