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    Default EQ6/HEQ5 Drive question



    Hi All

    I have recently purchased a 10" newtonian on a EQ6 mount (has been
    delivered with a HEQ5 mount by mistake but in the meantime is the same
    for learning purposes) and am trying to learn how to use the drives.

    Do I have to have the RA and Dec lock levers off (untightend) to be
    able to use the internal drives? Or are they used to lock the
    telescope position and then fine movement control can be done from
    that point? The manual does not mention what to do with the locking
    levers and I would rather not find out the hard way that I need them
    loosened else I will burn the drives out. Thanks

    Darren

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    Default EQ6/HEQ5 Drive question

    >Do I have to have the RA and Dec lock levers off (untightend) to be

    Hi:

    Here's the way it goes:

    For the drives to engage, you have to have the locks locked. When you do, you
    can only move the scope with the drives/handpaddle. But what if you need to
    make fine adjustments so that you can center an object? If the slewing speeds
    are too slow, what you do is loosen the clutches on both axes. These are not
    the dec and RA locks, but separate knobs that allow you to turn the gear shafts
    without turning the motors. This will allow you to turn the manual slow motion
    controls to move the scope. These must be tightened down again for the drives
    to engage, of course.


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    Default EQ6/HEQ5 Drive question

    rmollise@aol.com (Rod Mollise) wrote in message news:<20030803104153.15423.00000797@mb-m13.aol.com>...

    Correct.


    The EQ6 does not have clutches or manual slow motion controls like, for example,
    an Orion SkyViewPro.

    The EQ6 has only the RA and Dec lock levers which, if locked, permit tracking
    and slow slewing via the hand control, and if unlocked allow manual slewing on
    the unlocked axis.

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    Default EQ6/HEQ5 Drive question

    "Roger Hamlett" <rogerspamignored@ttelmah.demon.co.uk> wrote in message news:<wd9Xa.577$Ld1.348189@newsfep1-win.server.ntli.net>...

    Works a charm. Thanks for the help

    Darren

 

 

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