I have just unpacked the beast – it is the most solid piece of engineering I’ve come across in the field of astronomy – I just hope I can put it to full use. I think a fully-loaded mini-WASP head will come in around 80 or 90 pounds, which is well within the capabilities of this mount and should hopefully ensure long life – provided I balance it all up nicely. And therein lies a mod to the refractor mounting frame, I’ll be adding a counterweight bar (and weights) to the front of the frame to balance out all the equipment that will be hanging off the back. Next job is to get the frame into the workshop for the mods.
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