JMI heavy-duty medium size Wheeley Bar Telescope dolly in Australia
Despite having to wait for the order to be filled due to demand it was worth the wait. The wheeley bar is very well constructed and certainly supports my Celestron Evo 8 telescope. I can now use my telescope without having the issue of moving it. I love my new wheeley bar. Thanks JMI and FarpointAstro.
Heavy-Duty Medium Size Universal Wheeley Bar Telescope Dolly is GREAT
I love it! The 10" wheels are perfect.
Gets The Job Done - With Difficulty
The JMI Heavy-Duty Medium Size Universal Wheeley Bar Telescope Dolly works as advertised, but steering this beast is very difficult and awkward. The optional 10" rubber wheels rub the frame in all but the widest turns. The steering assembly for use with the 10" wheels needs to be redesigned. The plastic end caps tor the steering handle will not stay on and are pretty much useless. The dolly does allow me to lug my heavy telescope assembly around the yard, but I expected a more thought-out design.
Use it with the Ioptron GEM45, Ioptron pier and Stellarvue 102 for astrophotograpy. I ordered the one with the 10" wheels. It works great to move the scope from the garage to the back yard over uneven terrain. Only complain is that the pulling handle is about a foot too short. I am 6 feet tall and have to bend over to pull this thing. A little longer pulling bar would have been great. I added a short piece of rope so I can pull the unit with a straight back. Instructions are not very clear either. It is well build and strong enough for a heavier mount and scope.
One star deduction for the short handle bar. Not everyone is 5 feet.
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.
Choose your Wheely Bar model based on tip to tip distance. To measure that, setup your telescope at observing height...not all the way up or down, but at the height that gives a comfortable eyepiece height. Remember to make allowance for the height of the Wheeley Bars. Please keep in mind that the 5" wheel set raises the setup about 6"; the 10" wheel set raises the setup about 3.5". So the procedure is:
1. Setup your tripod at observing height
2. Lower your tripod 6 inches if you are getting the 5" polyurethane wheels. Lower your tripod 3.5 inches if you are getting the 10" pneumatic wheels.
3. NOW measure the distance between two tripod tips. This is the distance you should use to choose between the HD Medium or the HD Large Wheeley Bars, etc.
We 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 illustration on the left shows the Universal Wheeley Bars turned so they can be pushed through the doorway based on the NORMAL width (W) without having to do any special maneuvering.
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
Normal Width (W)
Minimum Width (N)
Maximum Width (X)
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.
Wheeley Bar Instructions can be found here or with the 10 inch Wheel Upgrade here.