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Why not get a friend or that special someone in your life to help you lift the tube assembly? Or even better, buy one of those motorized, height adjustable piers and skip the friend entirely. ???
I don't know whether it could be of any use for you guys, here is
something used for motorcycles.
The link is in French, but you can probably figure out how it
works. Maximum height of the platform in 900 mm :
Le 01/05/2021 à 14:39, M Hambrick a
I live at 30 Deg North latitude and can confirm that there is no
risk of the scope rolling out of the rings when I set it into the
open rings in Park 2. I expect that this is also the case at even
lower latitudes. Next time I set up my mount I may try some
different latitude settings to see what the limit really is.
FYI I have a 180 EDT with an 1100 mount on a 54" Astro-Physics
portable pier. My setup is portable and I set it up and take it
down every time. I agree that using a step ladder to get the scope
up to the rings is a pretty dicey operation. I bought the folding
step stool with hand rails shown below from McMaster (Model
9754T77) that has made this operation much easier.
If you don't mount and dismount your scope very often, Len's
method sounds pretty good too.
Do you have a permanent observatory ? If so, I wonder if it is
possible to install some kind of lifting apparatus in the roof.