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Balancing the dob.


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Recently bought the SW Skyliner Flextube 250px dobsonian very soon to discover it needed balancing or head droops.

Wanted to share an idea which seems to work:

A 1 metre length of coiled pond hose filled with sand with the ends joined with gaffa tape snugly fitted at the base of the scope. Large diameter hose will snag though so check first. Better to have 2 smaller depending on imbalance. IMHO Looks neat and works well.

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I use a Neodymium magnet with the head of a 2.2lb lump hammer attached on my Flex tube 400. Works a treat on my heavier Eyepieces. Just put a small piece of felt between magnet and body to stop accidental scratches.

 

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Hi.I have a modified skywatcher 200p skyliner. And I don't have balencing issues.

As you can see from picture.I used 2bungie ropes (1 either side) to keep tension on the alt adjustments either up or down.very simple and works very well.could possibly be used on a flexi-tube.

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