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    Clutches should be hand tight - you dont need to be a body builder - just get them tight with a good push down to make sure the mount is locked.

    PSU - at 1.2 Amps like your present supply - no way - the mount just wont be able to run. Your new supply at 2Amps might just hold it together because the EQ6 only pulls hard on the power when its in GoTo and running both motors flat out.

    Even so I would have gotten a larger supply. I normally power my mounts off a solid sized battery or a main supply that can kick out 6Amps.

    Really Skywatcher should package something with the mounts thats suitable in my view. Too many beginners get hit with this.

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    Thanks Keith, if I understand you correctly I should buy a 12v DC 3-4amp adapter, right ? This is my first go to mount. Thanks for your help.

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    Thanks Astro-Baby. I will get myself a 12v 5 amp. Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danz14 View Post
    Thanks Keith, if I understand you correctly I should buy a 12v DC 3-4amp adapter, right ? This is my first go to mount. Thanks for your help.
    Yes, at a minimum. Bigger is better. Astro-Baby is not wrong about using a 6 Amp supply.

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    Thanks Astro-Baby. I will get myself a 12v 5 amp. Thanks for your help.
    Yes, That will be much better.

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    Good'um idea'um. Me thinkuth! Sort of. Must be time for beddy bye.
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    I wouldn't go too much bigger though. Switching supplies tend to run most efficient and with the best regulation when they're loaded about 50-80% of capacity. Running a really big supply at very low load levels is less efficient and it makes it harder for the internal feedback to control the output voltage correctly. It's not super critical, these things will operate over a really wide range. 5 amps is fine, but if the max draw of the scope is 2A you won't see a benefit to going bigger than that unless you're buying such a cheapie Chinese one that it actually maxes out at 2A anyway.

    That battery supply should work fine and last all night.
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    Aha - switch modes - some scope gear I hear will play up with switch mode supplies. Mines just a basic regulated supply with a 6A output peak.
    The battery box above - I'd avoid. Normally they have two problems

    1) Cheap cruddy battery
    2) Even cheaper and super nasty recharger

    If you want boatloads of power get a deep discharge battery and a really decent recharfer. I bought a Numax recharger recently and consider it one of the smartest things I have bought. Its solid, well made, simple to use. Was quite pricey but compared with the cost of wrecking batteries every few months its a bargain.

    You could get a really decent 22Ah battery thats not too big and bulky as well - golf cart types are good as they are designed to be discharged and recharged a lot.
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    Clutches should be finger tight-- do not OVER tighten them. All you really need is the proper cigarette lighter style power cable-- and a 12 volt car starter battery like this one----
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    Hi Joe, forgot to mention earlier that a cigarette lighter style power cable came with the mount. I also came across a duracell power supply Duracell Powerpack 600 | Backup Power Source | Duracell Power.

 

 
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