Zhumell Z10 on homebuilt base (leveling feet, degree circle, Wixy alt, lights, eyepiece case, wine cellar) and custom hand cart WO 80 mm ZenithStar, C102ED, Coronado PST, C8, ES127ED iOpton SmartEq, CG-4 mount, AT Voyager mount, iOptron ZEQ25, iOptron iEQ45 mount Eyepieces - yes 10 x 50 Pentax PCF WPII binos iPad with Skysafari & SkyWire Samsung SDC-435, Canon T3i (Gary Honis Baader mod), Canon SX-40, ASI120MC
Quote:I had the aeroquest worm and the upgraded ioptron worm. Go for the upgraded ioptron one if you are going to do it. The ioptron worm was smoother than the aeroquest and was I think lower in pe if I remember correctly.
"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.
http://www.astrobin.com/users/KaiYang/ AT65EDQ + iEQ30 + CanonT3i(mod by Gary Honis) + CLS
WO GTF 102, iOptron iEQ45, WO Megrez 80FD, Celestron C8, WO SWAN 33mm, WO UWANs 4mm, 7mm, 16mm, WO SPLs 3mm, 6mm, 12.5mm, WO Zoom II 7.5-22.5, WO EZTouch, SV F50B2 Finder
Home-built Newt: 10" f/4.5 Royce conical primary, Skywatcher NEQ6 (Astrotroniks tuned) iEQ45, Duo-T, 8" f/4 Skywatcher Quattro CF 120 ED f/7.5 Skywatcher Black Diamond 80ED Stellarvue
Quote:PaulWhat is the raw PE of your mount again? Seems it was astonishingly low and an "upgrade" gear set may be a disappointment.
Quote:Is the upgraded gear easy to install?
Quote:To do any of those I need to get the @#$^#@# set screws out. If I ever do, I would just as soon put the better parts in as disassemble and reassemble repeatedly.
Quote:So the mix that would make our nights easier consists of ioptron's worm, Paul's belt/pulleys, better bearings and some cleaning/new grease maybe(superlube or else) ?
Quote:Paul Thanks - A ball ended hex key did the trick for me. I received the iOptron upgrade kit today. It contained a new worm, 2 bearings, a new pulley, a new encoder, a few bits of fastening hardware and, of course, no instructions. I have the December 2011 RA Worm Gear Cleaning instruction pdf and will use that as a guide unless someone has something more relevant. Since a single pulley is provided I assume that there is no change to the belt/pulley system so that I will have the old style belt/pulleys. I got a new puppy! Ursa Minor is a 10 week old female Golden Retriever. She should be a big help in the mount disassembly process, as long as she doesn't eat anything too important. Bob
Quote:Timm Got it apart and got the update that the bearings are no longer unidirectional. I have reassembled the worm several times but the shaft, although turnable by hand, is not easily turned. I'm going to complete the assembly and measure the current as soon as I acquire a meter that measures over 200 ma.
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
Quote:Timm I got a multimeter that measures current at Radio Shack. You put it inline in the power circuit:positive source to positive (red) test leadnegative (black) test lead to mount positive power line mount negative power line to negative sourceMine measures about 0.45 amp, varying from 0.39 to 0.49. The doc suggests less than 0.6 amp is good. Bob