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#1 josephjja

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Posted 25 May 2024 - 09:34 PM

Is it OK to move a lightly loaded eq mount? Like loosen the clutches and move the mount with a small 60mm scope on it. The move distance is about 50 to 60 feet. Is it safe to do this with strain wave mounts?

Or does everyone unload and load up the mount all the time? 


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Posted 26 May 2024 - 11:07 AM

My AT80ED sits on on an AM3 mount and TC40 carbon figer tripod with a pier extension.  I can carry it, but its much easier and safer to dismount the scope and make two trips.

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Posted 26 May 2024 - 11:08 AM

Is it OK to move a lightly loaded eq mount? Like loosen the clutches and move the mount with a small 60mm scope on it. The move distance is about 50 to 60 feet. Is it safe to do this with strain wave mounts?

Or does everyone unload and load up the mount all the time? 

Sure, moving a lightly loaded mount should be no problem.  Just be careful to avoid traumatic mishaps while you are transporting the assembled rig.  Fall, drop it, or slam it against a door jamb and there could be consequences. 
 

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Posted 26 May 2024 - 11:25 AM

My mount is simply way to heavy for me to move.

Knowing this, I sub-divided it. I have 4 main parts:

1. The telescope from the clamp up.

2. The DEC axis. Because of an RA axis/DEC axis separation.

3. The extension/RA axis.

4. The HD base of the mount.

 

Since I'm older I find that making more trips is easier and safer than one overloaded trip.

So, you might want to divide and conquer for safer outcomes.

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