a while back I got a used NEQ6 pro and used it with my GTF 81 with some success. The best guiding performance I could get out of it, was however pretty mediocre so I thought, I might try to tune it.
So I got the Rowan belt mod and Zero Backlash Worm for RA and started the process. After disassembling the wedge, I was immediately confronted with, what in my eyes, is the worst part of the old EQ mounts: the polar alignment bolts and assembly.
I always struggled with the bolts and the PA on this mount, but I somehow thought, this was just a minor problem, that could be fixed with grease and a bit of WD40.
This is how my rear DEC bolt looked like after disassembly:
The second thing I considered, was the EQ6 Rail Kit. This onewould set me back 160 EUR, which isn't that much, however I found this to be a bit too steep a price for such a small piece of hardware, so I thought of something else.
There are quite a few DIY threads that include some kind of custom made parts and boring through the lower wedge ... With my limited machanical skills and lack of propper tools, this was also not an optimal solution for me.
So what I did instead, and what I want to suggest as a very easy and quick fix for everyone, who just wants a better adjustment on the stock wedge, is the following little adjustment consisting of two things, you can get for around10-20 $.
What I used was:
1. a set of clamp levers, bought from any hardware store:
2. a set of m10 plastic or metal caps:
This is how the assembly looks now:
The az-bolts should be shorter, but this is a minor problem for me.
So after my first tests the last few nights, I can tell, that this little "fix" already improved my PA significantly! It is by no means a perfect fix and I will probably still end up buying the Vimech Wedge if my mount keeps performing as well as it does now.
However it is something, everyone with EQ mounts, who faces the same problems, can benefit from on a VERY small budget.
This is, why I wanted to share this with you guys. I hope someone will find my ramblings informative.
Now: where do I get replacement caps for the wedge, that I destroyed during the disassembly proecss ...
Edited by Prudentis, 06 May 2021 - 08:27 AM.