What’s the best way to use my CPC telescope's clutches?

The CPC has clutches on both the azimuth and altitudes axes. The great advantage is that the scope can be freely moved by hand.

When driven, they must be "snug tight" but not over tightened for the CPC’s motors to work properly and without undue strain. Of course, any manual movement of the scope after alignment by loosening the clutches ruins your alignment.

When transporting your CPC, loosen the clutches so that there is no strain or damage to the worm gear drive mechanisms.

When lifting the CPC, make sure the clutches are tight enough so the scope won’t swing unpredictably and cause an accident or injury to the scope, yourself or someone helping you move the scope.

Updated 12/24/13