CGE Pro clutch question
Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:48 PM
Next comes the strange part, I loosened all four clutch knobs for the RA to swing it around to get a sense of the range of motion it will have in the observatory. But I noticed that with no weights and no OTA, just the counterweight bar. Where ever I stop swinging it, the RA stopped also. I can use my finger to move it, but it stays put when I stop applying pressure. I thought maybe the clutch knobs were not loose enough, so I back them out further and still the same result.
Based off of how it feels unclutched, I cannot imagine being able to "slightly" balance the RA to the east. Is this normal for other users? Or should I be feeling buttery smooth? Is there a set screw or something somewhere I can adjust for the "pre-load" on the clutch?
Posted 21 November 2013 - 09:56 PM
Posted 22 November 2013 - 07:07 AM
Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:25 AM
The motion does feel smooth: no rough spots, binding or a anything like that. Looking at the RA, I unscrewed the big orange cap at the back revealing a big bearing and a big nut. The way the RA feels, it seems like the nut is too tight, if that makes sense. I should note that DEC with the clutches loosen fells "smooth". I will give Celestron a call today and see what they say too.
Posted 22 November 2013 - 02:31 PM
Posted 22 November 2013 - 02:55 PM
Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:26 PM