Several years ago, I suffered a back injury that resulted in my inability to lift heavy things. Getting a 12" LX200 up on the mount was out of the question.
I designed and built this hoist so that I could continue using my scope without relying on someone else to do the lifting. The main components that make everything work are a "sawhorse kit" (lumberyard or big-box item) and a hand winch (boat trailer or similar type).
Click here for the docs pack: construction drawings, harness rigging and notes (PDF)
Below: Sherie demonstrates the hoist setup
The hoist in transport mode
Comfy handles, easy handling. Weight here: 22 lb.
Pull the Velcro - loosen the bundle
Unfold legs and base - tap in the hinge pin
Slide in the wheels & install retainer clips
Lift the top end, let the braces hang and stand it in place
First top beam bolt goes in
Tighten the wing nut
Install the braces - one wing nut each
Same process for the other side
Position for the final lift
Up it goes...
... and the bolt drops in place.
Install the other braces
Remove pulley, install the lift line
Closeup of axle pin and retaining clip
Pull the Velcro and unstow the lift harness
Ready to lift the scope
Roll it over to where we're setting up...
Polar lift photos
ALT/AZ lift photos
Docs - Construction/rigging drawings & notes (PDF)
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Tools required for setup & teardown:
Minimum tools required: Blunt nail & blunt instrument
(To remove and install the hinge pins)