Just to clarify...what i meant by “I can’t determine whether the azimuth is meeting any resistance” is that under hand controller movement, the scope may move, but there’s no real way, that I know of, to determine if that movement is meeting any resistance. Resistance may be undetectable under encoder control. If there were no resistance, though, I would expect that the azimuth movement might be smoother, might need less motor/encoder force and maybe draw less battery power. But how do you determine whether the resistance is there?
As for manual azimuth push/pull on my scope it’s almost impossible right now. I’ll take it off the DOB POD tomorrow to see how it works, but I can’t see how setting the scope on a platform of any kind would affect azimuth movement. Am I missing something here? The DOB POD is level and sitting on a concrete floor.
For the record, I currently own 3 Orion DOBs and am quite familiar with Orion. My 6” is totally manual movement, my 8” is Intelliscope and the 3rd one (10”) is goto. In my few years observing with Orion scopes, my experience has been that Orion’s online support is just about nonexistent and phone support is, well, not available for my 10g. So, I depend on CN to find out what works in the real world.
What puzzles me is Orion’s videos show a guy easily moving (manually) the scope in ALT and AZ. Go figure. What I’ve learned on CN so far is that this azimuth drag is a fairly common problem in the SkyQuest XTg series. If Orion cares about their products and customers, they should make available problem recommendations/solutions without strings attached (purchase receipt). They either know their products or they don’t. They either want to support or they don’t. There’s all kinds of information out there for various brands of computers, but for astronomy products, there’s not much in the public domain.
As for my XT10g, I’ve downloaded three different PDF manuals and the only one with any decent details is about the hand controller. But...I’ll certainly do what you recommended and play with it. Along the way, I’ll be looking for someone that might do some “engineering” to create a way to disengage the encoder/motor. (A clutch would have been nice in the original design.) As for the DOB POD, well, it has the Orion name on it and all their information for the DOB POD says it works with their DOBs from 6” up to 10” (no exceptions).
I do like my Orion DOBs, but I realize that when I buy one, I’m on my own. If you buy from Orion, you might get warranty replacement parts, but that’s about it. So...there’s my rant...I feel better now. Some will wonder why I even bought a goto. I wanted tracking...don’t care that much for the goto feature...maybe nice in a public education event.
Edited by Dlhudgens, 25 March 2020 - 11:12 AM.