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JMI Wheeley Bars – Meade 10/12 Inch Lightbridge creates an easy way to move mounted telescopes to and from observing locations. This is a customized model with four large 10″ all-terrain pneumatic wheels and a tow handle, consisting of a sturdy base with locking wheels and leveling bolts. Easily move, lock and level the complete telescope assembly from location to location without the need to disconnect and reconnect all the electrical and computer cabling during transport.
Standard Wheeley Bars are designed to be used on hard flat surfaces only. The optional large-wheel upgrade, with great care in maneuvering and ideal conditions, can be used on grass, dirt, and gravel surfaces. Wheeley Bars are generally designed to be used with the tripod legs almost fully retracted to reduce the overall width.
- Meade LightBridge 10″ / 12″ (Due to variations in foot placement on the 10″ LightBridge, one or more of the feet on the base of the scope may need to be moved in order for this scope to fit)
- Apertura AD12
- Orion SkyQuest XT12 / XX12 (Some modification is needed to make the Go-To scopes fit due to placement of four nuts on the azimuth bolt mounting plate (bottom of scope/ground board).
- Sky-Watcher 12″
- Zhumell 10″ / 12″
- Adaptable to other Dobsonians with 26″ Diameter Ground Board. Again, sometimes ground board feet must be moved.
Note: The heavier the telescope mounted on the Wheeley Bars, the more careful one must be in moving the complete system by pulling or pushing below the center of gravity. JMI is not responsible for incorrect loading or operation.
- Wheeley bar for Meade 10/12″ Lightbridge and other Dobsonians
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Please note, wheeley bars usually take 2 weeks to ship.
Selecting the Right Wheeley BarsWhen deciding which Wheeley Bar model to purchase, there are several things to consider. These include:
- Type of equipment you will be transporting
- Tip-to-tip distance of the tripod feet
- Total weight of the equipment to be transported
- Type of surface you will be moving the equipment over
Type of EquipmentDobsonian telescopes should use one of our Dob-style Wheeley Bars based on which Dob you have. Telescopes with a tripod should use one of the Universal-style Wheeley Bars. The size will depend on the size and weight of the telescope equipment (see below).
If you wish to move your telescope equipment through a doorway, see Doorway Measurements to verify whether you will be able to maneuver your equipment through a particular doorway (based on the size of the Universal Wheeley Bars).
|Q.||How can I be sure that a particular model will fit my tripod mount?|
First, make sure the legs on your tripod are fully retracted (i.e. set as short as possible). Measure the distance from the tip of one leg to the tip of the next. Compare this distance with the specifications shown for the model designed for your tripod. The receptacles that accept the tripod legs are designed for the width and style of tips on your tripod legs.
If you do not see your particular model of tripod listed, we may be able to build a custom unit. You will need to give us specific information on tip-to-tip distance (with legs fully retracted), leg diameter and tip style.
|Q.||Why are the Wheeley Bars designed to be used with the tripod legs fully retracted?|
|A.||For stability and to allow movement of the telescope through a doorway. In most cases this height will be acceptable for normal use.|
|Q.||How do the legs of the tripod fit into the Wheeley Bars?|
|A.||Generally, they rest inside a hole as large as, or larger than, the width of the tripod tip. Once inserted, you can extend the legs slightly until the tips are snug in their receptacles.|
|Q.||How much will the Wheeley Bars elevate my telescope and mount above the ground?|
|A.||That information is given in the description for each model. Large wheel upgrades include information on how they affect the height.|
|Q.||Can I use Wheeley Bars to move my telescope over grass?|
|A.||The original Wheeley Bars were designed for use on hard surfaces only. Some customers have stated that they are able to use them on grass but we do not recommend it. Our 5″ Large Wheels will work on smooth grass surfaces. With the 10″ Pneumatic Large Wheels, great care in maneuvering and ideal conditions, Wheeley Bars can be used on grass, dirt and gravel surfaces.|
|Q.||Can I get information on the wheels used on your Wheeley Bars?|
|A.||The standard hard-rubber wheel is 2-3/8″ in diameter and 1-1/8″ in width. An upgrade to large 5″ diameter polyurethane wheels is available. These tow sizes are lockable to keep them from rolling when not using the leveling bolts. A 10″ Pneumatic rubber all-terrain wheel is also available. See What Size Wheels Should I Purchase?|
|Q.||What material are the Wheeley Bars made of?|
|A.||They are made from sturdy steel channel or rectangular tubing covered by durable black-wrinkle paint. If treated properly, they should last several lifetimes.|
Slotted foot receptacle is 1-3/16″ I.D.
Raises mount 2-7/8″ off the ground
Wheel diameter is 10″
Width (at rear wheels) is 32″
Length (front tire to back tire) is 41″
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