Ran my CG5 mount while it was unbalanced
Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:53 PM
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.
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??
Posted 22 January 2011 - 07:30 PM
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.
Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:04 PM
The motor sounds fine and it appears to be operating fine. Should I be worried??
Posted 23 January 2011 - 02:48 AM