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#1 chongo228

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 06:13 PM

For anyone wondering if the EAF bracket fits.....it does not. The bracket lines up  with the set screw for the focus tension but you can't use those to lock the bracket in place or the shaft would have too much pressure.

 

 

I drilled two holes in the body of my Moonlite....took about 30-40 min. I almost made a bracket that would work but decided to just drill into the focuser body. This was the 2.5 inch CFL focuser.

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 07:10 PM

Good to know. My EAF arrives tomorrow. Thanks for posting. I am guessing that those drilled holes needed to be threaded??



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Posted 11 September 2019 - 07:31 AM

Good to know. My EAF arrives tomorrow. Thanks for posting. I am guessing that those drilled holes needed to be threaded??

Yes....I went with M5 bolts and had to drill out the focuser bracket just a little so they would pass through the slots of the bracket.

 

One thing I noticed is the shaft of the Moonlite doesn't have a flat side for the set screw to clamp. So far it's worked perfectly and hasn't slipped after two night and a full load of 8 filter wheel and ASI 1600.  If it does slip I'll remove the EAF and grind a small flat for the set screw to clamp on the Moonlite shaft.


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:59 AM

I just ordered the exact Moonlite to put my EAF on too but read somewhere that the moonlite shaft is 3mm and the smallest flexible coupler with the EAF is 4 mm. Did you experiance any issues with shaft size?

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 11:20 AM

I just ordered the exact Moonlite to put my EAF on too but read somewhere that the moonlite shaft is 3mm and the smallest flexible coupler with the EAF is 4 mm. Did you experiance any issues with shaft size?

I did not....one of the couplers will work just fine.



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 09:36 PM

For anyone wondering if the EAF bracket fits.....it does not. The bracket lines up  with the set screw for the focus tension but you can't use those to lock the bracket in place or the shaft would have too much pressure.

 

 

I drilled two holes in the body of my Moonlite....took about 30-40 min. I almost made a bracket that would work but decided to just drill into the focuser body. This was the 2.5 inch CFL focuser.

That's some good information,  Have you by chance let Ron with Moonlite know about this,  maybe it's something he can incorporate into future production lines.




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