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    What is the ideal way to carry a reflecting telescope over a long distance through tall grass? Should I be removing the tube and carrying it separately?
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    Hi Adam .... Are you talking about your 114EQ ? If so , grab that rascal and go ...Are you carrying it assembled ?
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    If it is awkward , you could remove the counter weight ...I have a 8in SCT and the weight is real awkward to carry it ...I grab mine from the tripod base and lean the scope against my upper body and just start trudging ...But be careful not to block your view and trip on something ...
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    I guess it depends upon how tall the grass and how far the walk and what kind of physical shape you're in. The the grass isn't above knee height and the walk is a couple football fields or so, I'd do like Rob said, just pick it up, balance it on my sholder, and go. This is what I do once in a while with my C6S/CG5 (55 pounds 25 kg). Its not a fun thing at least for an old @#$ like me. I personally would not remove the counter weight as if something were to go astray ..... you could damage your mount or scope ..... ref. the recent posting about a broken clutch bolt. When I carry my scope, I loosen both clutches.

    However, unless you are taking your scope and all its accessories in one trip, why not break it down and do it in two?

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    I am taking everything in one trip. The grass varies from knee to waist high.
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    Take your weed eater up first, or turn a goat loose.

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    lift with your knees, not wit your back
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    No weed eater, it's wildlife refuge. But the goat should be allowed.
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    Just a note of warning: A man walking through deep grass in the middle of the night, carrying a large tube-shaped device on his shoulder.. it doesn't look good. I'd avoid doing it near airports especially

 

 
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