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i was using my eq6 and had the 10" me being me i still had it tracking then decided to take off the weights as you can imagin the telescope swung down quick lol the mount still works and tracks well though i have a horrible grating/grinding noise is there any where i can take to get repaired

thanks toby

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Similar accident happened to me when I slew the scope at full power into the tripod leg because I pressed the wrong button on the handset and the mount made the most horrendous grinding noise like gears being stripped and metal bending. I asked on the Yahoo User Group and they said don't worry it is just the stepper motors stepping back - that's the noise they make when they cannot turn so sounds like wheel and worm are binding or spur gear is too tight, is it RA or Dec or both?

http://timsastroblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/little-tune-up-for-eq6.html

EQ6 mounts are very tough and regreasing them after 3-5years is advised which is fairly simple and you can get replacement parts, I would ask Bern from ModernAstronomy. You may need a new worm as there is a slight chance it has bent but could just need loosening?

John.

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thanks guy i was going to do a rebuild though it was bad enoth having to mod my camera costing 400 quid though this is near a 1000 pounds worth of equipment dont what to fuff it up lol

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lol il try and behave myself from now on to be fair this happened about amonth ago its only a small amount for grinding and thats only from time to time normaly when it star and comes to a stop when slewing just dont sound to helthy

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I'm loving the simpson's quotes!!!!!!

It's a code i live by.

Thankfully my kit is very simple cuz i often observe under the influence. The less complex it is - the harder it is to break!

Having said that - whilst trying to carry everything back indoors at the weekend i did accidentally walk into the washing line whilst carrying my scope!! My scope is fine but i did bruise my back when i fell over.

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I'm loving the simpson's quotes!!!!!!

It's a code i live by.

Thankfully my kit is very simple cuz i often observe under the influence. The less complex it is - the harder it is to break!

Having said that - whilst trying to carry everything back indoors at the weekend i did accidentally walk into the washing line whilst carrying my scope!! My scope is fine but i did bruise my back when i fell over.

NICE!!! I think you should webcam your every move! Just think of the money you could earn sending the vids to T.V. :)

Astro I deffo think you should have a go at stripping the mount? That grindin don't sound healthy at all!!

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Last year I was observing in the garden,when the ISS went by I climbed to the top of the kids playhouse which is raised about 6 feet of the ground,with a slide attached.See where I`m going yet?

When I spotted the ISS ,I thought I`d nip back down to the scope to see if I could see it .the quickest way down was down the slide,just thought I`d run down it and get back to the scope quickly.

Unfortunately it was dewy,and my feet went from under me,and I landed on my back at the bottom of the slide,I fell that hard I was badly winded,and couldn`t breath.I had visions of my wife coming out in the morning and finding me dead in the garden.Fortunately I caught my breath again,and was OK apart from a whacking briuse that appeared later.

And no ,I didn,t get the ISS with my scope either.:D

The garden is a dangerous place;)

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lol bet that hurt ok so i took the plunge and did the rebuilt must say it was easy and stright forward with astro babys guide(thanks) i dont know what i was worrying about lol

thanks for all your help guys

toby

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