Re: This might be a stupid question - figured it out

John Gleason

Egad! That doesn't seem like a practical thing to do. I always put the cw
bar on first then attach the weights by sliding onto the shaft. So what
this implies that is that you have to load the shaft first, then attempt to
screw it with all that weight onto the mount? This simply can't be the
case. Please contact Astro Physics on Monday and find out if this is their
intention. Tell us it just isn't so. ;-0

John Gleason, dvj@...

From: Paul_Schroeder@...
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: This might be a stupid question - figured it out
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2000 4:57 AM

Hi Rich -

Thanks for your note. That wasn't the problem, but I did figure it out
morning (my initial theory of it being a stupid question was pretty spot

My mistake was trying to put the counterweight on _after_ already
threading the
counterweight shaft onto the mount. I didn't initially realize that the
counterweight shaft diameter gets noticably wider right at the end -- it
makes the safety plug at the end redundant.

When I took the shaft off of the mount and tried putting the weight over
threaded end, it worked fine. It will slide freely up and down the shaft
it gets within about 1/2 inch of the bottom where it then stops (because
shaft is wider).

What I need to do is first put the weight on the shaft, and then thread
shaft into the mount. I've not encountered this on other mounts I've
used (my
other mount is a Vixen Great Polaris). As I intend to use a reasonably
range of instrument weights on this, I suspect I'll get a fair amount of
practice threading and unthreading this shaft.



"Rich N." <rnapo@...> on 03/26/2000 05:42:01 AM

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Are you sure you have the set screw backed out all
the way? There is bronze "nose" that "floats" in the
hole. I always slide the weight on the shaft with the
knob on the weight pointing down so that this floating
bronze nose will stay clear of the shaft. Once the weight
is on the shaft I rotate the weight so the knob is on top.

Maybe there is a little burr in the hole where the bronze
nose stick through?


Hi all -

Well, my 600E GTO arrived from AP earlier this week-- it is absolutely
and very solid. Tonight the skies cleared up nicely, and I had hoped to
give it
a brief test drive.

Alas, I got tripped up by a fairly (very?) mundane problem.

Put simply, I couldn't get the 9 pound counterweight to slip over the
counterweight shaft. It was _incredibly_ tight. With maximum hand
pressure, I
couldn't get the shaft more than 1/4 inch into the counterweight.

The only conceivable way I could have gotten it in further would be to
serious banging with a rubber mallet. I didn't feel very comfortable
with a brand new mount. As it was, it took both me and my son pulling
to get the shaft out of the counterweight (even though it was only 1/4

Are the counterweights normally this snug? Is there a break-in period
"loosen" the collar inside the counterweight, or does this sound

I'll call AP on Monday, but if anyone had any suggestions maybe I could
again yet tonight (or tomorrow night).

Thanks and best regards,

Paul Schroeder

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