Re: Advice for loading large scope on mount

steven ho

My payload is far heavier 100+ lbs so a roll-away table is a necessity. See the attached picture. Notice it rests on a dolly. The AP1600 can tip the scope gently onto the table and Styrofoam from the scopes shipping crate is used to cushion the load.

Clear skies!!

From: <> on behalf of Wayne Hixson via Groups.Io <wayneh9026@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:49 PM
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Subject: [ap-gto] Advice for loading large scope on mount

I’ve had only refractors no larger than my 130GTX ever. I now have a 12.5” iDK that weights approximately 43 lbs. I loaded it my AP1100 exactly twice before I sold that mount 6 months ago. It was difficult not so much as the weight but the awkward shape and the difficulty of seeing what I was doing.

Now that I’ll have a mount again I’m looking for advice on loading and unloading by myself if another person isn’t available. One issue was that the 1100 was very high (42” pier) and I’ll likely have my Mach2 on an Eagle at about 32/34”. I was thinking in Park 3 I’d be behind the scope so I would break its fall 😅. 


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