scopes, cameras, mounts & time enough at last
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Tak FS-60C Tak FC-100 Tak MT-200 Celestron C-14 LOMO Astele Mak 150mm AP900GTO
Tak EM-10 7x50 Fuji 10x70 Fuji
Takahashi TOA-130s with CAA and Feathertouch micro TOA130R reducer Astro-Physics Mach 1 w/Eagle Pier Canon T2i stock QHY8 CCD Scope Buggy Tele Vue Naglers and Ethos
Orion 190mm Mak-Newt iOptron iEQ45 - Modifications http://www.the3dwizard.net/index.php/astronomy/ieq45 Orion 80mm ST or 50mm Mini guider Orion StarShoot AutoGuider or QHY5L-II Canon 60D (modified by Brent Oliver) BackyardEOS, Sequence Generator Pro
"Life is a journey, enjoy the ride" *********** Stellarvue 90 Raptor CF.Explore Scientific 152mm Comet Hunter.Orionx14g.Borg 125SD.Borg 60ED. Borg 50Achro. AT10RC. AT6RC. iOptron iEQ45GTN w/TDM.iOptron ZEQ25.iOptron Cube Pro.iOptron MT Pro/iOptron SmartEQ Pro.Celestron 10x50 Way too many EPs, flatteners and reducers. Nikon D5100, Canon T3i and a bunch of filters.
Quote:Er..Phil...that's the price for 12 tubes. So, about 5-6 bucks a tube?Paul
Deep Space Products
Quote:For ball bearings "Superlube"For Bushings (metal to metal surfaces sliding against each other)"Lubriplate No.105"
Quote:What about for gear surfaces? Lubriplate 105 is marketed as an "engine assembly" lubricant, and they sell other lubricants that are targeted at gears. Would one of them be better?-Dan
Too much astronomy junk, the CFO is getting irritated.
Quote:Oh and superlube is food safe. Smells pleasant too. I expect that means you can chomp on it without dying.
Quote:Probably going to get flamed for this but their is more rubbish talked about mount grease than just about any other thing,I worked as an industrial mechanic for years and also on cars, aircraft etc, any good quality light grease will be fine, the secret is to use it sparingly not slap it about willy nilly and stuff the whole tube into the mount then wonder why its running all over the place in hotter weather.One place I worked for had a large number of pick and place assembly robots running at high speed, using a steel worm and bronze worm wheel, they got checked maybe once a year and a dab of grease on the worm was enough to keep them in good shape and running sweet, again use sparingly, grease everywhere just attracts dirt and dust,DA.
14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote:all of the China mounts I've seen use ball bearings on both of the axes.while my AP600 and my old Vixen GP both used plane bearings, which don't have balls or rollers. I guess a less charitable word for these would be "bushings" or "sleeve bearings."i suspect these sleeve-type bearings aren't too amenable to thicker lubricants, hence my lack of success with superlube.