Well tonight i finally had a pier crash that really jammed up the entire imaging system ( mount, focuser and camera) . My set up is on a permanent concrete pier and while i was close to the meridian i selected a new object and expected the limits in EQ mod force the mount to slew around the meridian and center on the object as it has done hundred of times. When i could not get the object to plate solve i went out to the mount and oh my was the scope jammed up upside down with the camera and focuser pinned very hard against the pier. Motors were quiet and no sounds coming from the mount. I unlocked the clutches to release the imaging train from the pier. When i tried to slew the scope both motors were rotating and the scope moved in both axis but sounded terrible.
The mount is an atlas EQG that has been belt modded in the ra axis only. I can tell you the clutches were extremely tight and they did not give at all.....
So here is what i see:
The moonlite focuser has play in the drawtube. How do i attempt to correct the issue with the focuser? Is it likely the tube is bent or is this something that can be adjusted out. Not sure where to even start here, any recommendations are welcomed.... I guess i will reach out to Moonlite tomorrow for their recommendations. Hopefully this is just an adjustment that is needed.
Now on the mount, is the expectations that the motors are both bad or is there any chance to save them? I have a rowan belt mod on the RA access which expect at least stripped out the belt. The DEC access has the standard gear driven axis and was not converted. Not sure how strong the motors are and is there potential issues with the metal gears or does the motor just stall and eventually quit running during a crash? I have another exact model of this mount so i have spare motors to swap out, but wanted to get some recommendations as what to expect.
I am a complete loss at how the mount did not recognize the EQmod limits and continued to go past them and hit the pier.
This is the worst situation i have faced in this hobby and looking at the best way to address. This truly happened just one session after i worked out DEC axis issues I had been struggling with and had the best guiding I have had in over a year.......
thanks in advance.
Edited by flyingg103, 24 January 2019 - 01:52 AM.