My name is Dan and I've just joined the cloudy nights forum . I'm also long-Arms over at stargazerslounge.
I recently bought the synscan upgrade for my Heq5 mount, but unfortunately have been unable to fit the new parts as the two brass gears are refusing to come off. Yes I have loosened and then removed both screws from each gear.
I've tried WD40 and they are now slipping very easily up and down the shafts, theres just something clearly stopping them from coming all the way off. I suspect some metal, I've also tried heating them up for a long time with a hairdryer...didn't work.
This is extremely frustrating as you can imagine. There is very little space around the gears and almost no access to the rear of them. I was going to try a gear puller but because of this I can't see how they would help.
Any thoughts? Anyone know of any companies that could remove them for me if not?
I think I've attached an image from reference. If it hasn't worked I'll upload a couple to my flickr and link them here shortly.