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    Default SW MAK127 GOTO issue



    Hi everyone,
    I hope you are well, the weather is gracious to you and skies are clear.

    I have an issue with my MAK. I have discovered that the vertical mounting become somehow lose. The motor is operational, but it is not firm and does not stay in place if you touch the finder or change the lens.
    Have you come across a similar issue?
    I suspect that something around the motor is broken.
    Please advise.
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    Default Re: SW MAK127 GOTO issue

    Hi Kardell,

    From your description, with no more information than this, I would guess there is an issue with the clutch or perhaps a gearing problem. I would suggest contacting your local astronomy club and inquire if there is someone who might take a look at it. Better still and quicker, take your scope to a local dealer and ask them.

    You haven't mentioned if you have had your scope for awhile, and whether this is a newly developed problem. If the scope is new to you, it could be unfamiliarity with proper use.

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    Default Re: SW MAK127 GOTO issue

    Thank you for reply BobDob

    This telescope was in use for about a year.
    I will check with the guys.
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    Default Re: SW MAK127 GOTO issue

    Hi Kardell,

    By, "...was in use..." I assume not by you, but others? It is new to you?

    Great, it sounds like you do have a resource. Let us know how it comes out, please.

    Here's to a quick and happy resolution.



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    Default Re: SW MAK127 GOTO issue

    That's a nice scope you have and the SkyWatcher AZ goto mount is a very capable mount. I have a 6 inch SCT on mine and use it for azimuth mount astrophotography from time to time.

    Sounds like you need to tighten your clutch a little. Remove your telescope from your mount and then remove the hand screw that you tighten to hold your telescope on your mount. Now look inside. You will see a self-locking nut. Use a socket wrench and tighten this nut a little. You want it tight enough to prevent the slippage that you now have but loose enough that you can move your scope in altitude by hand with a firm amount of force. If you over tighten the nut, you will lose the tube strike protection.

    I know that the instruction manual says that it is OK to manually move the telescope in the altitude axis but I personally think that it is best not to unless there are some special circumstances.

    The azimuth axis can not be moved by hand and doing so can damage the mount.
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    Default Re: SW MAK127 GOTO issue

    I will unscrew it today and have a look.
    Thank you sxinias.

 

 

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