Hi all; I recently got a Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ scope for a very good price. Everything is great except the DC Right Ascension (RA) clock drive that came with it. Strangely enough the mounting hole for attaching the clock drive to the mount's RA shaft is on the wrong side of the mount....for the mount to turn the RA shaft in the right direction to track the celestial objects the clock drive needs to be set to the "S" (South position, for Southern hemisphere observers). Okay, no problem, I dont mind setting it to the S position. However one more problem....with a new (Energizer) 9V battery inserted into the clock drive the RA shaft of the DC drive turns okay, however when attaching the clock drive to the mount (assuring that the flat side of the DC motor drive shaft is aligned with the screw of the coupler that connects to the mount's RA slow-mo shaft and that the screw is firmly tightned) and after powering on the DC drive and waiting up to an hour and watching, the DC motor shaft is no longer turning, thus the slow-mo shaft is not turning and the scope is not tracking at all.To me it seems that the DC drive just does not have enough torque to drive the scope. I have tried turning on the DC drive both with the scope attached to the mount (counterweights also on), and I have tried it without the scope and no counterweights....still no luck. I have also tried it with the mount's RA lock knob both tightened, and loosened....again...no luck.
Does anyone have a solution to this? Or should I look for a different type of clock drive. Thanks. Adrien