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My EQ-5 (actually an Orion Sirius EQ-G) mount functions normally when the telescope saddle is on the west side. When I unlock the RA axis and swing the saddle over the top to the east side, it moves normally until the saddle is about halfway to the horizon. Then it hangs up, and I would have to force it to go further. Same outcome when the RA axis lock is closed and I try the slewing with motors. It hangs up in the same spot. Has anyone encountered this problem, or care to speculate on the cause? I am aware of Astro-Baby's strip-down guide: http://www.astro-baby.com/heq5-rebuild/heq5-m1.htm I'm hoping someone recognizes my symptoms, and that my mount is in need of an adjustment rather than a strip-down/rebuild/hyper tune.
I'm putting together a beginner setup for AP and had decided on the Sirius EQ-G (HEQ5). I see that Orion makes a hybrid version, the Sirius Pro Az/EQ-G. I know the Sirius EQ-G is a good beginner mount, as I see it referenced everywhere as a good place to start for just about anyone beginning in AP, but is the hybrid mount equally stable? Does anyone have the Pro Az/EQ-G who can comment on stability for AP? I'd really like to have the Alt/Az functionality for quicker visual setup, but if it will interfere with stability for AP, I'd have to consider buying a separate setup for visual use. Thanks in advance for any input.