Astronomer and Golfer - C11 and Vixen 140mm NA140SSF Refractor - G11 mount on permanent pier (in my moderately light polluted back yard) - Older Meade 8" SCT for travel
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John H Visual astronomy on the Blue Ridge since 2004
Quote:When was the 'professional tuning' done, and just what did they do? Sounds like bearing grease might have gotten to the DEC clutch pad (it happens over time) and you're having to crank down the clutch excessively to keep the friction surfaces from slipping. That would dictate a simple (though a bit time-consuming the first time) dismantling and cleaning job.
Quote:Is the scope balanced well on both axis?
Nine telescopes of a diverse nature. My Web Site Cosmic Cat: a children's book about astronomy for iPad. English Lessons for Amateur Astronomers
AT6RC; C6R; 8" R200SS; 10" SNT; RV6; PST Vixen GP + Starbook-S Warped LXD55 G11 Gemini-1 & DSC Gone! HGM-200 Gemini-2 Orion Starshoot DSCI2; DFK 41AF02 Sky Commander 4 SkyShed POD XL3 14.5" f5 folded Newt Finished. Now in storage. Mount for 14.5" Portable obs on 7ftx16ft utility trailer wi 8ft dome Trailer Plans Approved, Jig Built! http://cleardarksky.com/c/MCAOobMDkey.html
Quote:It's good to see Scott on here Anyone else amazed when you hear about a 10-15 year old mount still being relevant today? Chris