Re: Detaching Dec axis from RA axis on 1200 mount
On 7/31/2022 3:30 AM, Dale Ghent wrote:
2. Put the mount in Park 3....Dale's detailed instructions are spot-on.
As I built my observatory, I shot many photos. The third photo on this page: <http://house.mdodd.com/proj_obs_scope.html> shows the dovetail fitting on the RA unit, and the fourth photo shows one of the silver knobs that lock the RA unit in place.
My comments on that page say the RA unit weighs 31 pounds, and the CW shaft weighs 14 pounds, so if you leave the shaft attached, you're moving 45 pounds.
I recommend unscrewing the CW shaft. I was assembling my 1200 from cartons used to move it, so the CW shaft was not attached. I was thankful I had to lift only 31 pounds to the RA unit.
Hope the photos help.