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HowardK
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: johnpd]
      #5907491 - 06/07/13 08:41 AM

Yup

In altaz mode the mount goes a little crazee near zenith..both tracking and gotos...everywhere else it's great..

Can someone explain why?


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rmollise
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: johnpd]
      #5907512 - 06/07/13 08:56 AM

Quote:

Has anyone had any issues with GoTo of objects near the zenith? I had my Mallincam Xtreme hooked up to my C-8 and I was wandering around the sky (in AZ Mode). When I tried objects near the zenith, I was off. Anywhere else it was fine.

JohnD




"Zenith" can be a problem area for go-to scopes. Syncing is an option "PAE"...


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johnpd
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: rmollise]
      #5907565 - 06/07/13 09:29 AM

Thanks Rod. I have not tried PAE yet. I guess I will have to now.

JohnD


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rmollise
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: johnpd]
      #5907623 - 06/07/13 09:56 AM

Also, be very scrupulous about choosing alignment stars...do exactly as the manual suggests.

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Lurch
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: johnpd]
      #5907625 - 06/07/13 09:59 AM

Thanks Rod, John, Howard,
Well, at least I don't have to waste anymore time searching and testing. I think someone "upstairs" is trying to force me to learn and use EQ mode. I could never get my head wrapped around the Polar alignment thing. Now I have no choice.
Another lesson is maybe have a back-up Hand Controller.


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rmollise
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: Lurch]
      #5907626 - 06/07/13 10:00 AM

You'll find polar mode easy enough, and EQMOD has a polar alignment "helper" that works very well.

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johnpd
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: rmollise]
      #5908454 - 06/07/13 05:51 PM

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Also, be very scrupulous about choosing alignment stars...do exactly as the manual suggests.




I use the suggestions from an iPhone/iPad app that gives me two alignment stars. A line between them goes through or nearly through the zenith. It has been working very well.

JohnD


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Lurch
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: johnpd]
      #5908703 - 06/07/13 08:15 PM

Well, Rod, sure enough, even though I don't fully understand it, the polar alignment went ok. The mount appears to work like a champ. I'm only testing indoors with stormy weather outside, but the mount looks like it's pointing my scope exactly where it's supposed to.
The cord wrap issue must be fixed because the scope will reverse directions to get around without wrapping cords.
Appears to handle Zenith assignments well.

Is there an ideal eye-piece position for EQ? Because many times it ends up pointing out sideways from the scope. Now for some clear skies.


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johnpd
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: johnpd]
      #5909265 - 06/08/13 07:10 AM

Quote:

Thanks Rod. I have not tried PAE yet. I guess I will have to now.




How does PAE work? I see you use PAE to align to a "reference" star near the zenith (or wherever you want to establish a PAE), then go to your object.

1. If later (lets say a couple of hours) you want to go back to that same area, do you need to repeat the process (establish another reference star) or does the mount now magically know how to adjust for that area of the sky? In other words, is the PAE linked to a reference star or an area of the sky.

2. For any area without a PAE, does the mount default to the results of the initial 2-star alignment or do you have to set up PAEs for everywhere? The manual seems to indicate that it picks up the 2-star alignment calibration in the rest of the sky.

JohnD


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rmollise
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: johnpd]
      #5909386 - 06/08/13 09:02 AM

In polar mode, PAE should work just like "sync" on other mounts AFAIK.

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DuiA1
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: rmollise]
      #5911557 - 06/09/13 03:45 PM

Johnd, which iphone app are you referring to for the alignment stars? Thx

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johnpd
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: DuiA1]
      #5912382 - 06/10/13 01:58 AM

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Johnd, which iphone app are you referring to for the alignment stars? Thx




ALTitude AZimuth ALIGNment. Here is their website. AltAzAlign

JohnD


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rmollise
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: johnpd]
      #5912580 - 06/10/13 08:38 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Johnd, which iphone app are you referring to for the alignment stars? Thx




ALTitude AZimuth ALIGNment. Here is their website. AltAzAlign

JohnD




Be aware that the SynScans have some alignment requirements that may not be taken into account by this software. For example, in a three star (EQ) alignment, it is more important for the first two stars to be well separated in RA than in azimuth. Let the manual be your guide here...


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Lurch
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: rmollise]
      #5927574 - 06/18/13 01:49 PM

AZ-EQ6 Jackscrew Jammed.
Anyone run into this and if so how did you fix it?
I was attaching my scope and balancing the mount, getting ready to actually take it outside for the first time and use it. I was adjusting the Jackscrew and at about 60 -70 degrees, it got bound up and couldn't turn. It will go in or out about 1/2 turn and is then jammed. Sounds like metal grinding and I saw some very fine metal grindings around the screw. From the outside, mechanically, it looks fine. It' just a simple threaded bolt and a "specialty" type Nut. I can't imagine what could be wrong with it. Haven't even had a chance to use it outside yet.


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Vagus
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: Lurch]
      #5928315 - 06/18/13 09:44 PM

If I recall correctly, the manual says you are supposed to dismount the scope and counterweights before switching between Eq and Alt/AZ. If you didn't do that, it wouldn't surprise me to hear the jackscrew was binding.

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Lurch
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: Vagus]
      #5928370 - 06/18/13 10:39 PM

As far I know, I was already in EQ mode and stayed in that mode.
-Counterweights were on
-Put scope on
-balancing in both directions.
- then on pg 8 was adjusting the R.A. axis elevations and watching how it worked using the Jackscrew.
I'm at a loss in more ways than one.


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Orboos
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences new [Re: Lurch]
      #5928583 - 06/19/13 01:26 AM

From my experience with mounts they all come (regardless of price) "dry" as a bone. When I got my AZ-EQ6 first thing I did I brushed some grease on
the jackscrew and the main screw between mount and tripod.
In your case I think damage is already done and the only option left is to contact SW and arrange replacement of the jackscrew and the nut.
This mount is amazing, very high quality build, but makes me sad that it can be brought down by lack of little grease which costs "nothing". I hope you will get this problem solved and enjoy clear sky.


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johnpd
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences [Re: Lurch]
      #5928589 - 06/19/13 01:32 AM

Lurch,

Sorry to hear that. You have to be careful about jacking the mount up with weight on it especially as far up as you were going. If I store my mount on a case, I usually have it set in EQ Mode. When I take it out for use, I normally switch to AZ Mode with no weights or scope on the mount. So far I have had no issues with the jackscrew. I hope you can get it straightened out.

JohnD


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Lurch
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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences [Re: johnpd]
      #5928594 - 06/19/13 01:45 AM

I had wondered if it was lubed, but figured I better not mess with it. In the meantime I put a couple drops of oil on the threads and was able to free it up a little, but damage is already done. I contacted the Dealer and waiting for a reply. Doesn't look to hard to replace.
But have been able to do a full test otherwise in doors and YES, it is amazing. Moves like a robotic arm. I should still be able to use it until the parts come.


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KonstantinK
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Reged: 06/27/13

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Re: SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT Experiences [Re: Lurch]
      #5942715 - 06/27/13 09:15 AM

Finally, I have received my AZ-EQ6. First impression was that it looked great in comparison with its predecessor. It is really so. But one fact seems to be disappointing - significant backlash in RA worm-gear. It can be noticed easily.
In EQ6 this backlash can easily be eliminated by two torx bolts.
I am not sure if the mechanism in AZ-EQ6 is the same. Could anyone confirm or disprove the existence of the backlash? How it can be eliminated in AZ-EQ6?
Also I have found two torx bolts outside housing in the area near the each large pulley - what is the use for??

PS
Problem with backlash solved in "EQ6 style". Other questions are still actual.

Edited by KonstantinK (06/27/13 04:22 PM)


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