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Unloaded from the trailer, the unassembled parts are placed on a large
piece of carpet prior to starting the assembly process. Working this
way, always following the same procedure, lowers the chance for problems
putting Hercules together, and confirms that all of the parts are
present prior to starting the assembly.
Custom built cage clamps are spaced around the circumference of the cage
base ring. The clamps hold the cage securely to the ring, yet allow for
easily rotating adjustment to accomodate the various heights encountered
in a night's worth of viewing.
the scope can be assembled with about one and a half people, it is easier and
faster with three. From unloading to ready to view takes just about an hour. So
far everyone has agreed that the views through the eyepiece are worth the wait.
or two more adjustments and we can have a little dinner while we wait
for nightfall. As you can see, this is not a scope for someone who has a
fear of heights. I've taken Hercules to some of the club's public star
parties and literally hundreds of people of all ages have climbed up for
a look without a single incident... except for the oohing and aahing.
In back of the scope you can see the Haulmark trailer, this is where the
telescope lives when it is not catching photons. The rear features a
ramp down door that is spring loaded to load and unload the telescope.
On the right side is another door for access.
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