Monday, April 25, 2005
EQ6 on wheels!

Last year I bought a Synta EQ6 mount, and ever since I have been complaining about the weight of this heavy mount. I have been suffering from lower back-pain for more than 20 years, and carrying the parts of the EQ6 around the house and garden to assemble my telescope often kept me from observing. A fellow observer, Jo Smeets, constructed some wheels for the EQ-6 and since last week I can drive the telescope from my shed into the garden. No assembling or de-assembling anymore, and of course no back-problems! Even for just an hour of observing, it is no problem to get the telescope out. It takes really just a minute and I’m observing. And after the observing session, it takes just a minute to get the telescope inside.

The construction is completely made out of steel parts that are welded together. I painted it with Hammerite metal paint. The wheels are 5 inch in diameter and are attached to the steel construction with 4 bolts each. I have been driving the telescope around the garden through high grass. This is no problem for these large wheels.

Jo, thanks for this great piece of observing equipment!

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Posted by Math on 04/25 at 07:32 AM | filed in: Equipment | Print