While I was about to balanced the scope by loosening the counterweight, the 5kg c/w slipped down the shaft.
The scope swung to one side. My right hand immediately grabbed the scope, while my left trying to hold the counterweight.
Unfortunately, I didn't attached the locking screw at the end of the counterweight shaft.
The 5kg 'stone' fell out from the shaft towards my foot. Freefall from the height of about 2 feet. Managed to move my foot away in time. The weight fell onto the floor without any thumping NOISE!
Then I look down and noticed the EQ6 controller (which was lying around underneath the mount) looks weird.
That's when I realized the cable has been CUT CLEANED all the way through! The CW fell on its sharp side directly on the cable!
Lucky me, THAT wasn't my toe!
So, to all using the big heavy-duty Equatorial mount with counterweights, please be extra careful!
I was trembling like hell after that! 😰