JMI Heavy-Duty Medium Size Universal Wheeley Bar Telescope Dolly
JMI HEAVY-DUTY Medium Size Universal Wheeley Bar Telescope Dolly
All Medium Heavy Duty Wheeley Bars fit tripod tip-to-tip distance of 34 - 42.5 inches
Maximum Load: 300 lbs
Tip receptacle is 2-3/4″ I.D. Will not fit tripods with feet larger than 2-3/4 inches.
The 2 3/8" wheels and 1/2" leveling screws are no longer available on the Medium Heavy Duty Wheeley Bars. The Standard Package now comes with 5" Wheels and the Heavy Duty 5/8" Leveling Screws.
These new style Medium Heavy Duty Wheeley Bars now fit the Losmandy HD Tripod Gen2 (tubular design) for G-8 or G11 mounts. The old Losmandy specific Wheeley Bars have been discontinued.
See doorway measurements for more dimensions and fitting through a door.
JMI HEAVY-DUTY Medium Size Universal Wheeley Bar Telescope Dolly is a portable dolly for your telescope.
Constructed of a sturdy base with locking wheels and leveling bolts, the heavy-duty version is designed with heavier telescopes in mind. Save your back! Our Wheeley Bars create an easier and faster way to move mounted telescopes to and from observing locations.
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 equipment includes Heavy Duty 5/8" Leveling Screws.
This HEAVY-DUTY Version is designed for heavier equipment with the same footprint as the standard Medium Wheeley Bars but with stronger, heavier-duty construction. Because of the increased weight with the same base width, there will be a greater risk of toppling over due to the high center of gravity. To prevent damage from falling over, the equipment will need to be strapped down to the Wheeley Bars. As with all Wheeley Bars, JMI will not be responsible for equipment tipping over.
What is Tip-to-Tip Distance?To be sure that your tripod or pier will fit a particular Wheeley Bar product, it may be necessary to verify the tip-to-tip distance of the mount.
To determine the full range of your tripod, this measurement is made with the legs of a tripod fully retracted (the shortest length) and spread out completely. To determine the tip-to-tip distance that you will use, you can measure at your preferred viewing height. Remember to deduct allowance for the height of the Wheeley Bars (listed with each product). The tip-to-tip distance is the measurement from the outside edge of the end of a tripod leg or pier foot (where it touches the ground) to the outside edge of another tripod leg or pier foot.
Doorway MeasurementsWe often get questions regarding the width of our Wheeley Bars to determine if they will fit through a particular doorway. The following information should help in making that determination.
The following dimensions do not apply to Wheeley Bars that have been upgraded with 10" large wheels. For Universal Wheeley Bars with the 10" Large Wheel Upgrade the doorway width must be three (3) inches wider than the tip-to-tip distance.
There are three basic measurements as noted above.
- The maximum width (X) is measured in a similar fashion as the tip-to-tip distance except that the measurement is made to the outside corner of the legs or leveling screws (typically about 3" wider than the tip-to-tip measurement of a pointed tip tripod mount).
- The minimum measurement (N) is from the end of one leg to the inside measurement on the opposite side. This would help in determining the narrowest door that the Wheeley Bars could possibly be maneuvered through.
- A third measurement (W) is in between the other two and gives the width as measured from the end of one leg to the outside measurement of the opposite side.
The second illustration shows the Universal Wheeley Bars being maneuvered by twisting them through the doorway based on the absolute MINIMUM dimension (N).
The third illustration shows the Wheeley Bars being blocked from moving though a doorway because they are positioned such that the MAXIMUM profile (X) is being presented.
Universal Wheeley Bars are called Universal because they are made to be adjustable to handle various sizes of mounts. This means that the measurement we have been talking about can vary depending on the in-out adjustment of the Wheeley Bar legs. The table below shows the minimum and maximum for the different widths indicated by the variable W, N and X.
|Width Dimensions for Universal Wheeley Bars|
What Size Wheels Should I Purchase?
For hard surfaces, such as concrete sidewalks, with seams or cracks, the 5″ polyurethane wheels are best.
The large 10″ all-terrain pneumatic rubber-tire wheels are designed for field use on rough surfaces such as grass, dirt and gravel. However, great care must be taken in maneuvering on these surfaces, particularly when wet, because the wheels may sink below the surface.
We do not recommend using Wheeley Bars on these surfaces under adverse conditions, especially if you have a very heavy telescope.
My home viewing site requires moving the scope from my garage, to several different locations, including moves in the course of a single night. My current setup weighs 70 lbs, and it was a pain to partially disassemble and move. The wheely bar is a game changer. I can assembly the mount and OTA in the garage, and when viewing is good wheel out the assembly to cool down. Later in the evening it's a piece of cake to move to different imaging locations. The best part is when I'm finished, and the whole assembly just wheels back into the garage after raising the leveling screws.
I suggest getting the tie down kit: it locks my tripod to the dolly and I just leave it assembled like that. If your tripod fits on the medium dolly, it's worth spending a few extra $ for the heavy duty base. It supports up to 300 lbs, is much more rigid than the standard base, and gives you room to grow. I also got the 10" wheels and tow handle, which make it easy to move the mount around.
I purchased the 10" wheels version. I could not be happier with this dolly! I was initially hesitant due to the price, but upon arrival and assembly I was impressed with the build quality and attention to detail. I just wish I had done this years ago. The turning radius with the 10" wheels leaves something to be desired but the ease of rolling it over previously insurmountable objects more than makes up for that. Great product!