The difference between using the scope or not using it.
17 October 2023 | Paul
I have a 10 inch Celestron Starsense Explorer Dob which is my main scope. While waiting for a hip replacement I was diagnosed with a heart problem, which means I can't have the hip replaced until my heart is stabalised.
The hip pain is getting worse and I had started to use the 10 inch less often, it was just too painful to lift the tube a few yards out if the garage to where I observe.
I then came across these Oklop lifting straps quite by accident while browsing FLOS website. I must admit, I was very sceptical as to if they would be of any help to me. My Dob comes with a handle in the middle of the tube, but had not helped with the pain it was causing me to carry it outside the garage.
However desperate times call for desperate measures, so I forked out what I thought was a lot of money for ' a few bits of Velcro' - I couldn't have been more wrong!
I can now use my Dob again with very little to no pain. It works amazingly well. The two loops with handles alone make it much easier to lift the tube, but the neck strap makes it a comparative doddle. For £32 I have got the use of my telescope back. - I couldn't be more pleased with it.
It surprises me that FLO do not list this device on the listings for the scopes for which it can be so useful. I didn't know it even existed until I found it by accident. FLO are missing out on some potential sales, and more importantly there may be a lot of people who could benefit from it - if they knew about it.
my reflector feels half it's weight
13 July 2023 | James
I'd made my own carry handles for my unwieldly 1.2m 250mm reflector, thought i'd give this a try and I've fallen in love. Never coming off. Simple velcro to wrap around and then over your neck and you barely have to lift with your arms.