EQ-6 installing GoTo components
Posted 02 March 2009 - 03:38 PM
How difficult is it to install these components and could someone point out some kind of installation manual...
Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:09 PM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 05:23 PM
You unscrew the cover plate, pull out some wires with plugs and a card after unscrewing some more, plug the wires back in, and screw the plate back in, and finally screw in the new cover plate.
You might want to check out shoestringastronomydotcom and EQASCOM. You can buy a some wires from shoestring and download the free software and use some thing like CDC, or other free astronomy programs, to make your Atlas/EQ6 a virtual GOTO with the aid of a laptop; all at prices you can afford.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 06:15 PM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 05:26 AM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:45 PM
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Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:51 PM
I just upgraded an HEQ5 which would be similar to the EQ6
Basically you take the side panel off, take off the existing gears, remove the motors, replace the new motors and gears, install a new controller board and thats about it. Its quite simple.
The only curse I had was my HEQ5 decided to start binding so I had to readjust the worm engagement which was a pain but not that hard.
Its s shame Synta have stopped doing the upgrade kits as theres a lot of mounts out there.
Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:16 AM
Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:19 AM
Indeed, here in Europe there're still alot of those upgrade kits available at US $ 400.00 with handcontroller etc included. However changing the motors doesn't seem to be that easy as shown in this full maintenance video:
It only took me about 15 minutes to convert the mount start to finish. It's not difficult at all.
Posted 10 March 2009 - 12:35 PM