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#1 rmallen

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:53 PM

I bought a CG5 GoTo mount so I can piggyback my ST80 on my 8SE OTA. I just received the mount the other day, but I haven't been able to take it out yet due to the clouds. Plus, I need more counterweight then the 11.5lbs that came with the mount. I have another CW on order, but it won't be here until next week.

I mounted my telescopes on the mount just to see if they would balance. No go, as I expected.

I've been operating the mount without my scopes attached and without the CW installed to get used to the operation. This time, I pulled the scopes off, but forgot to remove the 11.5lb CW. :foreheadslap:

I did a quick align, and then slewed to a make-believe star. The motor sounded like it was laboring. After a few seconds, I realized my mistake and pushed one of the direction buttons to stop it.

I removed the weight, realigned it and tried it again. The motor sounds fine and it appears to be operating fine. Should I be worried??

#2 Eddgie

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 07:30 PM

I seriously doubt that you hurt anything.

Running a scope badly out of balance can eventually wear the worm gear, but what you did should not have really done any damage. Had you subjected it to a hard impact on the end of the counterweigth shaft, you could have bent worm gear or deformed some of the threads on the gear, but my guess is that what you did was harmless.

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#3 Asimov

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 07:55 PM

I'd say you did no damage.

#4 rmollise

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:33 PM

Should I be worried??


No.

#5 Phil Wheeler

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:04 PM

The motor sounds fine and it appears to be operating fine. Should I be worried??


No.

#6 rmallen

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 02:48 AM

Great, thanks. It would have been a shame if I damaged the mount before even having a chance to use it under the stars.

#7 cavefrog

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 02:40 PM

just don't do it again! hear?? :gramps: :shakecane: !@#$% :step:






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