So I took delivery of my ZEQ25 this week, in a weird way of "in stages". I ordered from High Point Scientific (the 2" tripod package, no case), and b/c I usually miss the UPS guy, I requested the shipment be sent to my local UPS store. The head made it to my doorstep, but the tripod was sent to the UPS store. After some live chat and phone calls with HPS, I was able to iron it all out and get my scope. (Plug for HPS here...they also just mailed out a set of Celestron VSP's 'for my troubles'...a very great vendor if you ask me!) So I'm all excited to get the mount out last night and try some AP, despite the nearly full moon.
Then I got the dreaded "R.A. Overcurrent" error. I tried everything I could outside...restarting the mount, taking off the entire payload and CW, etc. Nada. So I packed it in, figuring I'd get around to tuning the mount tonite, following Astronewb's YouTube vids.
I got the RA drive casing off, pulled the boards, and slipped the belt off the pulley and now I'm dead in the water. The pulley *will not move* no matter how much force I apply. I'm being fairly gentle with it, but still using a decent amount of force (with my bare hands, I am probably only a little short of cutting my fingers on the pulley's teeth.) I tried using a short hex wrench to see if I could gain some leverage and move the pulley enough to loosen the set screw...no joy, the wrench just flexed a little. I know Paul said that it was ok to use a little force to turn the pulley to access the set screw, but this thing just will not move.
The other thing that concerned me is that almost all of the screws that I removed while taking the housings and circuit boards off were almost completely stripped. This includes the three holding the cover over the GPS receiver...they were obviously not "fresh." Is this common?
I'm wondering if I might have received a returned unit...I just emailed iOptron, but was also wondering if anyone had any other ideas. I'm not giving up on this mount at all, because I really like the design, I'm just a little concerned that I might not have received a "factory-new" version.
Disappointed on a cloudless night, I was hoping to do a quick tune and get her back outside for first-light!!