test setup for the Explore Scientific - Levy Comet Hunter 6 inch Mak-Newt
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this was a challenge..... the new Mak-Newt from Explore Scientific riding piggy back on the classic LX 200 12 inch..
the weights tell the story, 19 pounds on an ADM mini dovetail.... not in the specs, but, the ES weighs 15 pounds bare,
hang the 350d outboard, and add the weight of the farpoint dovetails set, etc, and the total extra load on the forks is just under 44 pounds...
the two chunkc of iron on the right fork are to balance the camera .... East preload is about 4 ounces over the 90 degree window..

and, it still guides pretty well.

we call those clouds the other side of cloud tops...