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Counter Balance Weights

     In the photo, (ABOVE), you will see two counter balance weights. Once you have repositioned the teflon pads, described on the “Pivot Page,” you will need to use counter balance weights as the front of the telescope tube is end heavy and will be impossible to stay on an object without the addition of the counter balance weights. The “Slider Weight” attached to the side of the Starfinder tube is a 2-1/2 lb. sliding weight, formerly sold by Orion. Unfortunately, Orion no longer carries this counter balance weight. This slider weight only cost about $45.00 and was well worth adding as it gives you a “quick” balance readjustment in seconds by just loosening the retainer bolt and sliding it in the direction needed. If you look around the Internet or possibly ask Michael Webb, I am sure you can find a source that carries this type of counter balance weight. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

     In the photo, (ABOVE), you will see where I have attached a 3-1/2 lb. brass salvage scrap weight, drilled a hole in the center to accommodate a 1/4"-20 bolt. Remember my mentioning the 1/4"-20 threaded bolt retainer, (UNUSED), in the rear primary mirror retaining plate? Guess this is a pretty good place to hang a weight. Actually, I have two of these 3-1/2 lb scrap weights that I have cleaned up with a wire brush and drilled to accommodate a retaining bolt to fit the bolt retainer on the rear mirror plate. Cost of the extra weights, FREE! However, I had to pay about a buck for the bolts to hold them on. You can probably find a slew of heavy items you could attach to the rear mirror plate in this fashion as a counter balance weight. Besides, you will need about a 3-1/2 to 5 lb weight when you upgrade from the “PLASTIC” lens focuser that comes with your Starfinder.
     See “Focuser & Viewfinder” from the main page.

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