How can I mount my AstroMaster scope’s counterweights since it has a metal pin jammed inside?

First, remove the counterweight locking screw from the weight. Then get a screwdriver that will easily fit into the counterweight shaft hole in the counterweight. Pry gently until the aluminum pin falls back into the threaded hole for the locking screw.

Reassemble the counterweight by putting the pin in (rounded end towards the center of the weight) then the locking screw.

Mount the counterweight on the scope’s counterweight shaft. You may need to tilt the weight to keep the pin in the hole while sliding it on to the shaft. Replace the safety knob on the end of the shaft.

Updated 12/25/13