Farpoint Lifting Straps - Zhumell Z8 and Apertura
My 12-year old son can carry his 8" Apertura more safely and confidently with these straps. They are over-built for the application and may outlive the scope. The hook & loop attachment (Velcro) seems long enough to keep a strong hold. But hook & loop breaks down over many cycles of being pulled apart so we plan to just leave the straps on permanently and only remove if truly necessary. If you really tighten down the straps, they do a good job of not slipping. One minor improvement would be just a bit of anti-slip material on the straps to keep the straps from moving up or down the tube when the straps are tight. But that is something we (and you) can supply to suit.
These work perfectly and I actually put them on my Apertura AD8 OTA before installing in on its Dobsonian mount, which made it virtually effortless and a painless assembly. The handle, at least the bottom one, doubles as a cushion between the OTA and the middle panel on the inside of the mount, while the top one doubles as a nice handle for pulling the OTA down instead of grabbing sensitive parts.
The straps alone are worth it. Much easier to carry that Dobsonian tube!!!
Excellent design and workmanship, every Dob user should have a strap like this. I realized that I was bumping my Primary collimation screws almost every time I carried the scope out to the yard. Also, this keeps your hands away from critical areas like the secondary spider or finder scope.
Also - props to Farpoint for the prompt shipping and follow-up. I can't remember the last time a retailer called me to make sure I was happy with my purchase!