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    Default Re: Super Secret SmartEQ mods...shhhh



    have you thought about using 10 1.2V NiMH rechargable batteries instead of the 8 1.5V ones?
    Do you have any suggestions or ideas about it? Is there room inside the battery compartments for another AA cell?
    No Piero, there is just barely room for the 8 AA batteries..4 on each side in compartments. But I have good news, I have used the 1.2v NiMH batteries with no adverse effects. The mount I'm sure is designed to run within a 'range' of voltage.

    As long as I'm not traveling, I just use a 12v 7ah power tank, I'm not keen on dangling wires either, but it's a pain in the neck to keep changing out 8 batteries every few sessions.

    Because of the design of the mount, most of the weight is directly under the ota, so yes, it does serve as a counter weight. The only time I ever had any problem in balancing in RA was when I had just my little 50mm on the mount. The standard weight was too much, and the bar extended was too little weight, so I just taped a 'C' battery to the counterweight...problem solved for that config.

    Have a lot of fun unpacking, checking, modding and using the mount.

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    Default Re: Super Secret SmartEQ mods...shhhh

    Great mods, Paul, thanks. Epoxy and tape in place, and Velcro on the agenda. BTW, in NZ our local glue manufacturer offers waterproof epoxy. From experience standard epoxy goes all floppy when wet, which is unlikely in the covered ends of the tripod legs, but it's nice to add a little extra insurance if you can.

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    Default Re: Super Secret SmartEQ mods...shhhh

    BTW, in NZ our local glue manufacturer offers waterproof epoxy
    I did not know that Euan, but based on some of the WWII photos of the area my uncle took when he was stationed there, I can certainly believe it's handy... Like leather boots rotting off your feet from the tropical environment. Or was that New Guinea?

    Thanks for the info..

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    Default Re: Super Secret SmartEQ mods...shhhh

    Paul,

    Thanks again for the tips. There is a very noticeable improvement in stability of my SmartEQ Pro now that I've adopted your suggestions. I plan to epoxy the legs on my HEQ 5 as well.

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    Default Re: Super Secret SmartEQ mods...shhhh

    I'll add one of my own here.
    Discovered that the supplied 2lb counterweight was not nearly enough with binoviewers attached ... And I almost choked looking at prices for another one [$40].
    I resolved to make my own. First I cut out a 1.25" thick plexiglass piece about the size and shape of the stock one. Not a bad idea, but it wasn't heavy enough. I then thought of using a 2.5 lb weight plate ,,, But the arbor hole would be too large, requiring reducers, and I thought it generally would look tacky.
    I then thought, why not welt on a bolt to a cylindrical chunk of steel, and thread it right into the rod ? I had the steel on hand, wasn't sure how the bolt would take the weld so i spent $1 on a new one so I didn't have to use the stock one.

    Worked like a charm - Welded the stud on, spray painted it black, threaded it right into the rod and now the scope is perfectly balanced in its heaviest configuration for a little bit of nothing. Looks pretty good too, and its position at the very end, I would think, adds the maximum amount of weight for its size. Also have weight to spare as you can see in the pic, but I doubt if I'll ever need it as I'll never use anything heavier than the binoviewers ... And I think I am approaching or at the mounts maximum capacity anyhow.
    Could have of course painted it white, but I like contrast. I would advise anyone to do this if the supplied weight is not enough, paying $40 for a little dead weight is madness in my opinion.
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    Thanls pual great tips and funn also
    OOOOOOOoooops just noticed old thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by XrayTed View Post
    I'll add one of my own here.
    Discovered that the supplied 2lb counterweight was not nearly enough with binoviewers attached ... And I almost choked looking at prices for another one [$40].
    I resolved to make my own. First I cut out a 1.25" thick plexiglass piece about the size and shape of the stock one. Not a bad idea, but it wasn't heavy enough. I then thought of using a 2.5 lb weight plate ,,, But the arbor hole would be too large, requiring reducers, and I thought it generally would look tacky.
    I then thought, why not welt on a bolt to a cylindrical chunk of steel, and thread it right into the rod ? I had the steel on hand, wasn't sure how the bolt would take the weld so i spent $1 on a new one so I didn't have to use the stock one.

    Worked like a charm - Welded the stud on, spray painted it black, threaded it right into the rod and now the scope is perfectly balanced in its heaviest configuration for a little bit of nothing. Looks pretty good too, and its position at the very end, I would think, adds the maximum amount of weight for its size. Also have weight to spare as you can see in the pic, but I doubt if I'll ever need it as I'll never use anything heavier than the binoviewers ... And I think I am approaching or at the mounts maximum capacity anyhow.
    Could have of course painted it white, but I like contrast. I would advise anyone to do this if the supplied weight is not enough, paying $40 for a little dead weight is madness in my opinion.
    I did something similar with my CG-5 when I needed more counterweight. Instead of paying $60+ for a longer counterweight bar, I just bought a bolt that fit the end of the counterweight bar, added a bunch of nuts, filed the nuts down to the same diameter as the shaft, and now I can just slide the counterweights down a little further to achieve balance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackvoid View Post
    Thanls pual great tips and funn also
    OOOOOOOoooops just noticed old thread
    Should be no shame in reviving an older thread so long at the added info is relevant. Although this could obviously be done with any modern mount with a screw cap at the end of the counterweight rod, I didn't want to start a new mod thread since one already existed.

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    I had a bit of play in my Dec axis, even when locked tight, but I managed to eliminate it by adjusting the four stainless steel screws on the sides of the motor compartment. Now, I still have a bit of play in my RA even when tightened. Has anyone got a fix for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrogeoguy View Post
    I had a bit of play in my Dec axis, even when locked tight, but I managed to eliminate it by adjusting the four stainless steel screws on the sides of the motor compartment. Now, I still have a bit of play in my RA even when tightened. Has anyone got a fix for that?
    I was able to eliminate all the play in the mount by tightening the four screws a bit more - sort of trial and error. Good as new, now.

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