I know..not very nice...
But I had to show off my new(to me) Atlas..
It was pretty worn down looking..all knobs had lost paint..
AND, I got a GREAT deal on it!!
And during first light last week I noticed that the DEC axis was EXTREMELY difficult to turn by hand(and yes,clutches were disengaged.. ).and the RA felt a bit stiff.
Well, I bought it from someone who HyperTuned it. So, I thought that perhaps something was put back together wrong..
SO, I did what any sane man/woman would do on a cloudy night(couple of days and nights actually), I rebuilt it with better grease, and decided I liked the look of the SkyWatched version better..IMHO though, they all try and copy the best,AP.
So, that is what I did...tried to make my Atlas at least LOOK like an AP**since I will be in my 50s(27now) before I can get an AP1200**
After painting and reassembly with SuperLube(had white lithium before..) in all gears and moving parts,etc...I am EXTREMELY happy with it.
Loosen the clutch knobs and it just glides around like a hot knife in butter...
Made sure to do several revolutions of both axis' so the grease would spread evenly.
Anyways..I measured PE before this mod, it was~11" PTP..I am hoping to get a bit better now...
Anyways...on with the pics..