Bay Area, CA Stellarvue SV4, SV70ED Orion 127 Mak, ST80 Pentax K10D (full spectrum mod with cooler) Losmandy GM11 with Gemini 2 My Astrophotos on flickr and on Astrobin and where I write about my efforts
Quote:Sounds like you probably need to clean the pads. Oil can migrate onto the pad surfaces and if the mount spent any length of time on its side, there's a good possibility that the pads were compromised.
Quote:I am talking about 1-2 grams of force applied to the 12 lbs ota on a well balanced mount. I don't remember it being this easy to move, nor was it the first few nights. Thank you for the tomb of info on the clutches. Adam
Quote: Still tracks perfectly for being stored for 9 years
6" F4.6(w/Paracorr) Reflector , 8" F11 Dall Relay Scope ,
6" F5 RFT Refractor w/Istar Obj , G11 Mount Gemini1 Level 4
Quote: the clutches just do not have the grip to support the refractor that is not perfectly balanced.Vahe
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Quote:Here is a question for you...are you using a polar-alignment scope? I have a G11 that I bought used, so I'm not sure of its vintage. I had the problem you describe; a polar axis that could not be tightened effectively. In my case it turned out to be the polar scope preventing the clutch knob from doing its job. If I didn't use the polar scope, the clutch would tighten just fine. I figured this out after buying the new clutch pads.
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