Yesterday my Celestron / Omni XLT Series CG-4 arrived and I immediately set about assembling it. I've had an 80's Vixen model with the wooden tripod and loved it's manual operation and was looking forward to reliving yesteryear.
Well, the Declination 'gear' offers resistance and a sort of crunching sound every revolution. Turn the knob and it's smooth till it comes to a spot, tuning gets stiff and makes sound, then gets smooth again till coming back to the same time in rotation.
It's brand new! I felt fortunate to get it given the supply chain issues we're facing these days. Where's the quality control on these things?
Anyway, I'm reluctant to dismantle and pack it all up and ship it back if there's something that I can do to repair it. Anybody run into this? Anybody have a solution?