Help with balancing a 6inch evolution with a DSLR
Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:30 AM
The mount moves in high speed but when it gets to the slower speeds it won’t move up which ends up throwing of the alignment.
Any ideas on how to solve this? I am thinking adding small weights to the front but don’t know how I am going to mount them.
Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:51 AM
Loosen the lock on the axis, and add weight on the other end of the tube till the camera is no longer the heavy end - you can add weight even by tying a small rope and hanging weight on it till you see how much you need. Then, you can figure out how to add that much weight in a different form, such as washers on a rope surrounding the tube, a heavy duty plastic tube filled with something wrapped around the tube, or a weight system designed for the scope. Remember to add weight so one side of the tube is not heavy. (Something like adding 1/2 the weight on opposite sides of the tube so it will be balanced.) You'll want to make it easy to remove, so you can look through the eyepiece.
Posted 23 February 2021 - 04:37 PM
The 6" Evolution mount is exactly the same mount as used for the 8" and 9.25". Only the tripod differs. Given the surplus load capacity, the motors and tracking will be fine with a 6" OTA even when not balanced.
I have the 8" OTA Evolution and I front load it with Hyperstar and Atik Horizon camera, far greater weight than a DSLR. My OTA is fully forward to permit me to switch to rear mounted ASI294mc so that it will go to the zenith at f/6.3. Despite an even greater weight and more significant lack of balance my Evolution handles this fine. Balance is only critical on GEM mounts or where an Alt-Az nears load capacity, and with a 6" OTA and DSLR that is nowhere near that.
Tracking only commences after completing an alignment. Is that the problem? .
Edited by Noah4x4, 23 February 2021 - 04:41 PM.
Posted 23 February 2021 - 08:15 PM
When I release the clutch with the eye piece the system stays where it is pointed. With the camera installed it swings the camera down. I guess I am just assuming that the imbalance could cause the mount to not track correctly in the slower drive setting.
I did also check the battery from my phone. It said it was high when I started and was at medium when I ended a few hours later.
Posted 24 February 2021 - 02:10 AM
At very slow SLEW speeds (where using direction buttons), they are so slow that it will appear that the scope isn't moving. But that isn't tracking.
Tracking means the scope after an alignment is automatically moving at a constant 15° per hour to compensate for Earth"s rotation. That too is so slow you won't notice it, unless left for a good few minutes given that is merely 1° rotation every four minutes.
Yes, release the clutch and an unbalanced OTA will swing upright.