Broken Orion Atlas EQ-G ?
Posted 28 January 2011 - 08:40 PM
Looking at this square notch, that is supposed to hold the cradle (and obviously, can't hold it, securely), it looks like it might have been longer, or had a piece on the end, that broke off, but I'm not sure. Is this piece (if it's broken off), the piece that is supposed to "click in" and hold the bracket on, securely ?
I would GREATLY appreciate it, if anyone who has bought a new Orion Atlas EQ-G Goto mount, would chime in, and tell me if my plastic bracket, that is SUPPOSED to hold the Goto controller is correct, as is, with just a tiny square notch, about 1/16 of an inch, thick, or if it arrived from the factory, broken, and the piece that is supposed to "click in", to secure it, is broken off, and missing.
Sorry, for the long description, but it's kinda hard ot get across.
Posted 28 January 2011 - 09:18 PM
I doubt its broken, I received my SkyWatcher NEQ6 PRO (identical to the Atlas) yesterday and my controller clip is the same. I've not used it as its not secure.
I'll possibly go down the velcro route with a couple of spots on the mount to secure the controller, i'll experiment with a suitable spot over the weekend.
Posted 28 January 2011 - 09:24 PM
no problem with your description. Mine is the exact same way.
What I did to "fix" mine is cut some duct tape strips and stick them on the bottom of the support/eyepiece tray on either side of the U-shaped cut-out. This makes it so the backet won't tilt and the little, too-short nub actually locks the bracket in place. It took 3 layers of tape IIRC.
I'd probably come up with something more permanent but I hardly ever use the hand controller. I usually use a laptop to control the mount.
Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:13 AM
Thanks, guys. I wanted to make sure that the piece wasn't broken, even before I assembled it. I found it hard to believe, that such a beautiful mount, so well hand-crafted, could have ONE piece, in it, that was so poorly designed and manufactured !! Another concern, I had, that I forgot to mention, was the fact that MANY of the cords and cables came in clear zip-lock type freezer-type bags. This seemed strange to me. Almost like they had been returned, once, already. This did NOT help my suspicion that the controller bracket might be broken.
Thanks, again, for the confirmation, and advice,
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Posted 29 January 2011 - 11:24 AM
could you tell which of the two altitude bolts are which as one was longer than the other.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:43 AM
I'm not sure if that was a question, or not. But I'm not sure, about the L-Bolts. The latitude is set on mine, and I don't want to mess with it, again. It's disassembled, and in storage, right now, anyway. I just move them, in unison, One loosen, and one tighten, and watch which way the latitude is going, up or down. If it's wrong, I just reverse the directions. They DO seem to have turned AWFULLY HARD !! I took off the 22 lbs. of counter-weights, and it STILL turned with GREAT difficulty !! I was even worried that I might do damage to the mount.
Just a tip, for everyone who might have an Explore Scientifc ED127 on the mount, like me. If you store the scope in it's carrying case, before you put the scope in the foam cut-out, remove the two plastic screws that hold the finder scope in place. They are too far around to the side, and the telescope fit is too snug. The FIRST time I removed the scope, BRAND NEW, it came out AWFUL HARD !! Turned out these screws were catching on the foam, and one broke off !! ES is sending me replacements, as I speak. Live and learn.
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:36 PM
"I'm not sure if that was a question, or not. But I'm not sure, about the L-Bolts. The latitude is set on mine, and I don't want to mess with it, again. It's disassembled, and in storage, right now, anyway. I just move them, in unison, One loosen, and one tighten, and watch which way the latitude is going, up or down. If it's wrong, I just reverse the directions. They DO seem to have turned AWFULLY HARD !! I took off the 22 lbs. of counter-weights, and it STILL turned with GREAT difficulty !! I was even worried that I might do damage to the mount. "
Posted 01 February 2011 - 07:19 AM
Yeah, I thought I would have to align my polar scope too but it too seemed to be perfect out of the box, I was even able to get almost perfect 3 star alignment on the first try, and got it perfect on the second night out, it was nailing every target I sent it to dead center!!!
The mount itself is operating great which is the important thing. PE is smooth and it guides well. Backlash is minimal. Even the polar scope reticle was perfectly aligned out of the box. I'm very happy so far.
I was even able to take 3 1/2 min. exposures unguided...