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Posted by Bob Sal on August 30, 2002 18:03:52 UTC

Although (as I said) not everyone can handle the 12"LX200 alone, plenty of people can and do. I've seen as many as 5 at the same star party, all set up by the owners alone. My point is, for you to say the 12"LX200 is not a one man set up is just wrong. My friend shows up at star parties with the 12"LX200 and the 7"APO refractor in the back seat of an old Chevy. He is not the most gentle guy in the world and has his for 7 yrs. now with no trouble at all. I've been moving mine on the hand truck for 2 1/2 years, never even had to collimate it. And believe me, that's a lot safer than carrying it 150 ft across my yard, especially with snow on the ground. It's a lot more sturdy than you might think. Of course I'm not saying to bang it around through holes and stuff. You just wheel it around, no big deal. I've also seen people say the 8"LX200 is not a one man set up. Again, it's not for everyone. My 72 year buddy can't lift his 10" anymore. But most men in decent shape between say 20 and 55 shouldn't have that much trouble. And because of the handles, I find it easier to carry than a 50 lb bag of cat sand. It's pretty much the people who don't have one that say it's not for one person. I've let around 50 people over the years lift it, to get the feel of it. Only a few said it was too heavy and they were either over 55 or not in decent shape. The rest say, hey that's not too bad. The only person I know with one who dosen't move it alone has it in a home dome.
Although I must admit, after about 3 months lifting the scope I joined Golds Gym. I plan to hopfully stay in good enough shape to still be able to lift it when I'm 90. Unless you have some sort of hanicap, maybe you you should think about that to.
That's it;
BOB SAL

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