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  1. Are the bolts different lengths and you have the round the wrong way? Mike
  2. You may be mistaking this for having a slight weight imbalance so that the gears remain meshed. Mike
  3. Welcome SIDO. Spent a year not too far from you in Waverley IO back in the 1990's - nice area and nice people. Mike
  4. Well done Steve. I'll cerainly be after some adapters in the future. Mike
  5. MikeP

    Arp 401

    Nice one WW Looks a bit fishy to me though.
  6. I followed an online quantum computing course from one of the US universities. By followed I mean picked out bits I understood to try to gain an understanding. The focus was on factorisation and at the end of the course the prof mentioned that so far the best result obtained was by a machine that "was thought to have" factored the number 15. Still a way to go I think. Mike
  7. Thanks for the offer Chris but I'd prefer not to tap the disc. I was quite surprised at how easily my drill bits went through the metal which made me wonder how robust the thread would be after tapping. Thanks again. Mike
  8. Good idea. Thanks Mick. Mike
  9. Thank you gentlemen for the link to the EQ8 pin and for suggesting I use a bolt. On reflection, I agree the bolt is the better option. I was a bit dubious about tapping for the pin anyway and had just assumed that something flat-sided was needed. Mike
  10. I'm starting on an observatory build. My AZ-EQ6-GT will be mounted on top of a concrete pier via a couple of disk brakes. I need to attach something for the azimuth adjustment knobs to push against. The OVL manual refers to it as a dowel. Does anyone have an EQ6 or AZ-EQ6-GT dowel that they would like to sell? (I'm guessing they are the same). Mike
  11. How funny. I've not long removed a chicken run to make space for my roll off roof build. Mike
  12. One or two ideas? I'm going to be asking for blueprints. Mike
  13. Welcome. It is well worth aligning your scope and finder on something distant during daylight. Makes finding things at night much easier. Mike
  14. I have followed this thread from day 1 and I have been very impressed with the design and the quality of your work. I'm about a month away from being able to make a start on my observatory and so far I see no reason to do other than copy what you have done. I particularly like the 4x4 uprights which will conceal the end grain of your shiplap. Mike
  15. I may have misunderstood your problem but ..... I use ADM Dovetail Counterweight Mike
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