Long weekend, tomorrow is national election day. So I've had some opportunity to work on my telescope rebuild.
Everything is coming together nicely, this time I was careful not to cut too much away from the truss tubes (and end up with a too-short optical tube). It's much nicer when I can leave the scope for a few hours and go to the mall. Lets the glue dry nicely.
Problem is, it's now top heavy. When I did my initial balance estimates, the trusses were about 10 inches longer (so I thought I had enough leeway) but there was no focuser, eyepiece, diagonal, spider, or finder up on the upper truss assembly.
Now with my home-made helical focuser, Rigel Quick Finder, diagonal and holder, and eyepiece up there, the tube sags downward when it's anything less than 40 degrees from the horizontal. I will have to try putting another five-pound barbell weight inside the ball. If that doesn't work.. I'm fresh out of ideas.