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The final images to conclude this thread; I used my relation's Celestron C90 for the photo-shoot.  The mount is practically finished.  I do plan to eventually to make an eyepiece-tray for the tripod,

Glamour shots... I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.  The unions throughout are wonderfully rigid and tight, yet requiring little effort to set them into motion... I

I recently acquired a new kit, and my very own "Bird Jones", at long last... But this thread is not about the telescope.  That will come in future, and once I set to "fix" it. The kit c

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7 hours ago, FaDG said:

A lot of work. 

Was wondering whether it's really worth it? ?

There's much less drag, resistance, with that washer in place; smooth as butter 'tis.

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Continuing on with the mount-head, the DEC-axis still...

I had gone ahead and altered this thicker, sintered-bronze washer, and for the needle-thrust bearing to rest upon...


...but all for naught, as that extra thickness would've created problems at the clamp-ring and the axis' lock-nut.  So instead of a total of two thinner washers of phosphor-bronze to craft for the DEC, three instead.  So, I made the second one, not knowing that the thicker one wasn't going to pan out...


After the revelation, I made the third, and the very last one to make for this entire mount-head...


Both the second and third are identical, to sandwich the needle-thrust bearing, and isolating same from the aluminum above and below it...


There they are, a total of three I had to make.  Do note how the bearing juts out at the side all around, but then how could you not notice.  Nonetheless, the bronze washers overlap at least half of the length of the rollers within the bearing, on both sides, and good enough.  I might make a protective cover for the bearing in future, depending, and to keep dirt and dust off and out of it.

Next, I adjusted and polished a smaller, sintered-bronze washer for the lock-nut...

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The DEC-axis is completed.  Incidentally, I'm using Super Lube throughout this mount...


How's the motion?



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Oh, I had forgotten...

Where the DEC clamp-ring fits over its corresponding flange, slop...


You can see the gap there trailing around.  It's not a lot, but slop nonetheless.  It's not that crucial to do anything about it, but that is where most of the action takes place as the telescope is swung to and fro, hence, more bronze to the rescue...




At that point,  there certainly wasn't any more slop, but it was too tight for my preference.  I then thought, "Well, it'll get smoother over time", but in the next moment I had visions of it getting all mucked up in the process, and where I'd have to take it all apart in future and clean it.  I didn't want to reduce the I.D. of the aluminum clamp-ring, so I ground, sanded, and polished down the steel flange all around instead.  My only other alternative was the use of a thinner brass for the shim, an easier although inferior solution. 

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I have a spare Meade EQ-2 mount-head, and from a warranty claim(a wonky DEC shaft).  For the RA-gear of the EQ-2, there's a plastic, protective cover...


It just so happens, that with a slight modification, it will integrate with this EQ-1 as well.  After chopping off a bit, to clear the worm assembly, I sanded the cover throughout and painted it with the rattle-can of hammered-black...


I wanted to add it, not so much for the RA-gear, but to protect the needle-thrust bearing from dirt and dust.

I won't know if it will interfere with the motor-drive until the latter's attachment.  The cover's permanent inclusion will therefore depend wholly upon that.

Whilst waiting, ever waiting, on that paint to cure, I corrected one of three problems remaining before I can complete the RA-axis, and the mount-head itself.  The scale of this mount is of such a diminutive size that just as I had abandoned that of the DEC-axis, so for the RA-axis: its 1/16"-thick sintered-bronze washer for the needle-thrust bearing.  Yes, I had to make yet another thin, bronze washer, the sixth, and this time round being definitively the last, for the axes anyway.  Three for each axis I've had to make in the end...


As for that of the DEC, for the RA-axis its bearing is now enveloped between identical bronze washers...


Before, and after...


I will have more of the flange to insert into the PTFE-lined, stepped bore of the base, and the lock-nut will have more room to seat; win-win.  Trial-and-error is the name of the game when renovating these mounts.

Now to do something about this slop, and the second to the last issue...


Do you see it?  Look closely. ?   Now, we can't have that. 

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I decided against a shim for the needle-thrust bearing, as the slop was only .010" all around.  Here, the RA bearing and washers are lubed and ready to go...


...and to fit against and into the RA bore with its finalised PTFE shim in place...


The bronze lock-nut washer...


The mount-head with the axes completed, and with the RA-gear cover installed...


The RA bearing and washers all nice 'n' comfy-cozy...


Next up, the worm assembly...

"Pickering, this is going to be ghastly!"

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Yet again, I had to remove paint, from the worm-block's bottom surface and within all of the threaded and non-threaded holes...


The RA-axis now has its clamp-pin...


The depth of that hole is 12mm.  I made the pin 5mm in height. 

The DEC clamp-pin; out with the old steel one, in with the new one of brass...



That sort of looks like a steam-engine, and a train to the stars. 

I had second thoughts on using the clamping-knobs from the spare "AstroMaster" CG-2, as they just didn't look like they went with this "PowerSeeker" CG-2.  After all, I do want this one to appear as original as possible, and the original thumbscrews, now with the brass-pins, are not difficult at all to batten down or loosen.  These thumbscrews are, as a matter of fact, charming, and at the same time, subtle, tasteful.  No need for the flashy stainless-steel there.

They also match the thumbscrews for what will be the wooden legs for this mount-head...


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Keep at it and we will have to start a best of diy section just for your works, excellent discriptions and pictorials I must say. 

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There was a rather thick layer of paint on the worm-block's mating substrate as well, and tenacious...


I would assume that the horizontal and vertical centers of the worm should mate and mesh with same of the RA-gear, and as precisely as this level of manufacturing will allow...


...a 2.5mm, or 1/10" gap.

I didn't realise that the paint was that thick.  :icon_mrgreen:

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In hunting for my aluminum stock, I ran across this aluminum yardstick that my father had exposed to some sort of solvent which erased about half of the indicators, so I thought, "Why not?"...


It just so happens that with the thicknesses of the yardstick and the thinner sheet combined, the two measured out to a total thickness of, believe it or not, 2.5mm or 1/10".  Actually, from end to end, an average of 2.7mm, but who's counting...






But as fate would have it, the bolts to fasten the assemblage are too short.  That means yet another trip to my local hardware at the county seat, but I don't mind as I love the place.

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The DEC-control components, before...


...and after...


The spring and the actuator are noticeably cleaner.  But the insides of the two housings for the spring were rusty, particularly the larger.  You can tell by the outside surface of the smaller one.  I didn't take photos of what I sanded and scoured out of them, as I'll leave that to your imagination.  I did spend at least an hour doing so.

The components freshly-lubed and installed...


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The outing today was successful...


The originals are 12mm in length, whilst the next size up at my local hardware is 20mm, so I thought about lock-washers in addition.  The bolts turned out to be M5s, and as I had suspected.  I may have to cut them down slightly, I don't know yet.

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Drat, the longer bolts will not thread inward.  I took the original bolt with me and fed it into the nut-checker.  Later today I will take the threaded block itself.


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Earlier, I took the block and the bolt with me.  I went straight to the standard nut-checker and...<drum-roll, please>...



Being that this is a Chinese clone of Japanese design and manufacture, why isn't everything in metric???

I would like to extend my thanks to Themos for urging caution when working within this area of the mount-head, for it is of the utmost importance not to torque-down the bolts when reassembling.

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I had to cut down the right-angled portion of a hex-key to batten down the bolts.  Anyhoo, I had gotten three of these smaller bronze washers for the worm assembly...


...but I needed only two in the end; one polished only, and one with its O.D. ground down in order to recess into the hole of the threaded yoke...


The one that's recessed is barely visible on the right...



The motions throughout are most satisfactory, but I do expect that it will need a tweaking here and there once a telescope is mounted upon it.

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Thanks all.  

With the RA-clamp locked, there is only half of a millimeter, if that much, of movement in either direction; not nearly a full measure of same.  I may then hold the mount with one hand, and with a little effort twist the worm shaft with the fingers of the other, and round it goes in a complete circle without a hitch; nothing short of marvelous, the motion.  I removed the steel washers from the axes' lock-nuts, leaving only the bronze washers, and I must say the improvement was rather noticeable afterwards; those rotten steel washers, they're history now.  Also, I feel that I used PTFE as a shim for the stepped RA-bore...


...in a pinch, with the now-obvious and most preferred solution having escaped me at the time.  The PTFE shim was .015" in thickness, so I made two shims of .008" phosphor-bronze, and for a total of .016"...


I made the inner shim 1mm shorter than the outer...


...a more solid interface, and it shows when testing the axis.  Incidentally, PTFE is subject to creeping, spreading out over time, and what amounts to nothing more than deterioration.  Hindsight is not only 20/20, but also most fortuitous.

I don't think I can add or do a single, solitary thing extra to these axes.

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The mount-head is done for the most part; just a few odds and ends to which to tend...


...like clamp-screws for the saddle, a lock-nut for the latitude bolt, a lock-washer or other for the latitude-clamp; little things like that.

My, it certainly is a diminutive, li'l darling...


Incidentally, that Coke can is two years out of date, and it seemed swollen a bit, so I took it outside and threw it up into the air onto the road, then threw it in the bin.  I didn't want it to explode one night whilst I slept.  Now I don't have me prop.

Today, I'm working on my legs...


I have to get those cut-outs just right, and then epoxy that .010"-thick brass over each, a total of six.  I may apply  something or other over the outsides as well, and to further strengthen the wood there, since it's now thinner.

I wonder if I should dye the legs first before applying the brass...

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13 hours ago, LukeSkywatcher said:


The stuff of my nightmares.


Indeed, and as they fall off the barge from overseas.  Aside from the need to finish it, the trick is not to overload it, and then to enjoy an ultimate in grab 'n' go.

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