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Last updated: 27 October 2009
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Subject:	re: counter weight question
Sent:	Friday, October 23, 2009 21:08:06
From:	richard seymour (
The 114EQ-DH4 is 99.95% the same as the 4504 model.
You can download the 4504 manual from Meade's manuals site:
(it's over 3 megabytes)

You asked how to tell if the counterweight is perpendicular to the ground.

Believe it or not, just "eyeballing" is probably good enough...

people can easily detect an error of about two degrees when looking for "straight up",
and that's good enough for starting an alignment.. you'll remove that error
when you center the alignment star.

You -could- just take a 6-inch "torpedo level" and hold it to the side of
the counterweight shaft, and use its bubble level to tell when it's
straight up.
You could also place the level "athwart" the top of the counterweight
(long axis side-to-side) and rock the scope in RA to center the bubble.

Even a weighted string dangling from the end of the counterweight shaft.
If the shaft isn't perpendicular to "level", you'll see a kink at the
join of the string to shaft when view from in front of the telescope.

have fun

Subject:	counter weight question
Sent:	Tuesday, October 20, 2009 18:44:53
From:	Steven Foster (
How can you tell on a 114eq-dh4 if the counterweight is perpendicular to
the ground before you do an alignment and after you balance the mount?
Nashua, NH
Mike here: I don't have that model so can't answer. Perhaps someone can help.

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