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Stellarvue M1V AZ Help Please!

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#1 av8t0r

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 08:05 AM

I bought a used Stellarvue M1V, and there seems to be an issue with the AZ tension. The tripod attachment (bottom) ring will turn, but only with a lot of force. The ring above it (as seen in the photo) should adjust this tension, but will not move at all. Can anyone confirm that this is the AZ tension control, and which direction it should turn to loosen? Could there be any other issue keeping it from working?

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 09:21 AM

The bottom ring screws tightly into the tripod screw and should not rotate.  The upper ring supplies tension of the azimuth movement. Looking from the top of the mount, the tension ring turns CCW to increase friction.

 

Hope this helps.


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#3 av8t0r

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 09:54 AM

Perfect, thank you. I can’t think of why the tension knob is so tight it won’t turn. Any ideas for getting it to work?



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Posted 26 February 2021 - 10:39 AM

Send an email to Stellarvue asking for their recommendation on how to fix, they have terrific support for their products!

 

Possible full of krud?



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Posted 26 February 2021 - 10:50 AM

Or, better yet, call... (530) 823-7796.  I would not be surprised if they don't put Vic, himself on the line.  Phenomenal customer support.



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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:54 PM

I called Stellarvue, and their solution was 1/2 hour in the freezer (in a plastic bag), which worked! They seemed perplexed that it was stuck at all; not something they had experienced before. Thank you everyone for the help!


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Posted 26 February 2021 - 05:17 PM

Glad this worked out in the end.

 

For folks trying to figure out what could have happened, I was the seller of this mount. It was working fine when I last used it -- definitely not full of krud. It was shipped across the country during a brutal cold spell...I can only surmise that while it was chilled and certain parts were more shrunken than others, vibrations during shipping worked the threads together tight enough to bind when they expanded again.


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 04:21 PM

Glad this worked out in the end.

Thank you for working with me to get it sorted, and the willingness to make it right if we couldn’t.




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