With all the equipment I have hanging on my scope, it became critical to balance everything exactly to keep the scope tracking smoothly and not to put excess presure on the gears.
I started out balancing in declination with the Meade counterweight set, but found that it wasn't enough weight to balance everything, and since it is a one-dimensional system, it had a hard time
balancing the ETX-90 mounted on top of my main scope.
I solved this by using the Meade rail and small weight, and drilling and tapping it for a long threaded bolt. With this in place, I could attach weights perpendicular to it, creating a
two-dimensional counterweight system.