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Tal 2 mount DEC bearing overhaul- please help


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Nice work Mark! Looking forward to seeing the end result (if there is such a thing for the modding enthusiast 😉). 

Are you building a mount from scratch now? Based on the harmonic drives?

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Keep the scope fixed on the ground and use them to reposition The Earth?

I'm having to use my removed hat to mop up the drool. I'm reminded of my favourite quote from an old episode of bargain hunt; "I've always wanted one of those....... what is it?"

The shims arrived from China in record time so I spent this weekend rebuilding the mount again. The DEC shaft required 5x 0.3mm shims so 1.5mm total to get the bearings nicely snugged up without

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Thanks Craig :) That’s my plan but it could take some time. I think a motorised dec is pretty essential for long exposures and whilst I like the Tal, it’d be a real bodge to motorise it. 

It’s filling me with excitement and an equal amount of dread at the moment- there’s a lot of bits of aluminium to design and machine and the costs involved in that and then there’s the interfacing it to a pc which i know nothing about and it’s all so confusing. But i work with v clever programmers so i’m hoping i can convince one or two of them to help me out with it if i need it. 

Harmonic drives are great but not really ideal for the accurate motion we need but the PE tends to be low frequency and predictable so I’m hoping it’ll work ok- there’s a few commercial mounts out there that seem to work ok anyway. The nice thing is the freedom from backlash

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Sounds exciting! Might be worth exploring if you could build it around the brains of an existing model? Motherboards from EQ6s are pretty easy to come by, though not sure if you could control harmonic drives with one of them. 

Just thinking that way it would then be really easy to control it via ascom using SGpro/NINA/APT or whatever.

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Yes that’s a great idea- I’ve been trying to get my head around Onstep and others- i definitely need it to be Ascom compliant either by emulating another existing mount or whatever. Right now though i need to figure out how and if i can drive them at all- the built in motors are AC servos designed for 50-100V but i’m hoping they’ll have enough torque with just 24V DC. I think it should be ok- I don’t need much speed after all. They came with ac resolvers which i can’t use so I’ve picked up some encoders that i need to fit. Lots of fun ;)

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