Re: Counterweight Shaft Travel Storage
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I have the large counter weight shaft for my AP900GOTO. I made a carrier out of ABS pipe and fittings to transport mine. See the link below to my Flickr page.
Hope you find it useful.
On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 09:09:14 p.m. MDT, John A. Sillasen <jasillasen@...> wrote:
Just wondering how other GTO owners with the larger thickness counterweight shafts are transporting them?
1200, 1100, 900 & Mach2 mounts all use the thicker style shaft. My Mach 1 has the thinner style. Why? Pffft, a I'm only going to own one Astro-Physics mount, why would I need a thicker style shaft, right? Then, the 1100GTO came home with me. Three scopes too but that's a whole different topic.
The Mach 1 counterweight shaft is safely stored in my ScopeGuard case. Nice case, holds everything but weights.
But that big, heavy toe crusher? It was in my SKB case but no more. I'd want to keep the threads safe - especially with Molybdenum disulfide on the threads for protection and reduce that counterweight dry shaft 'squeak.'
So how are people transporting their counterweight shafts?
I'd consider one of those Harbor Freight Apache cases but don't expect pluck foam to stand up to the weight. Besides any of their cases would be too small or way too hig.
Thoughts anyone? Case, soft bag?, towel? How to protect it on a multi-day travel?