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Jan Owen
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Tips for cleaning & lubrication of ES Twilight II new
      #6074923 - 09/11/13 11:41 AM

Question for owners of the Explore Scientific Twilight II altazimuth mount; in lieu of factory instructions, what do you recommend for disassembly, cleaning, and lubrication of the bearings/bushings in both axes of this mount???

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obin robinson
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Re: Tips for cleaning & lubrication of ES Twilight II new [Re: Jan Owen]
      #6075665 - 09/11/13 06:41 PM

I cant help you with the disassembly but i can say you should use Militec-1 grease when you reassemble. It is by far the best grease i have used on precision gear.

http://www.militec-1.com/

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Re: Tips for cleaning & lubrication of ES Twilight II new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6075872 - 09/11/13 09:07 PM

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I cant help you with the disassembly but i can say you should use Militec-1 grease when you reassemble. It is by far the best grease i have used on precision gear.

http://www.militec-1.com/

obin




Can you tell us why you like that grease so much? I've never heard of it until now. Most of the time I hear people swear by Superlube Synthetic.


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Re: Tips for cleaning & lubrication of ES Twilight II new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #6076030 - 09/11/13 10:49 PM

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Quote:

I cant help you with the disassembly but i can say you should use Militec-1 grease when you reassemble. It is by far the best grease i have used on precision gear.

http://www.militec-1.com/

obin




Can you tell us why you like that grease so much? I've never heard of it until now. Most of the time I hear people swear by Superlube Synthetic.




I am an aircraft mechanic and i have worked with many expensive synthetic lubricants. The Militec-1 grease works much better and lasts longer than others we have exposed to various torture tests. If you follow the instructions for Militec-1 you are supposed to heat it up and let the metal absorb it. Once it is treated the grease lasts for a very long time under extreme usage. Though we do not use it on the aircraft we used it with weapons instead of using TW25. I have used it to lubricate weapons which will stay in storage for a long time. It simply works and works well even in sandy, dirty, and dusty environments. In clean environments it simply excels. For telescopes i would not use anything else.

obin


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Re: Tips for cleaning & lubrication of ES Twilight II [Re: obin robinson]
      #6076653 - 09/12/13 09:59 AM

I use Mobil 1 synthetic grease, the pink stuff, for all kinds of stuff including my mounts. It's beaten or compared well with all the others in all the tests I've seen. I would think all 3 of these Superlube, Militec-1 and Mobil 1 are fine for mounts.

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