Drive for lidlscope

15 years 3 months ago #8646 by nosmo
Drive for lidlscope was created by nosmo
Anyone suggest ra drive for the skylux lidlscope? what the plus/minus on battery or mains?
Thanks for any comment

nosmo

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15 years 3 months ago #8648 by dmcdona
Replied by dmcdona on topic Re: Drive for lidlscope
Nosmo - not sure what drive would be suitable (have a trawl through the internet) but for such a small scope/mount, batteries should easily be adequate.

I have the Skylux and the mount is pretty poor. I am intending taking a spanner/screwdriver to it and giving it an overhaul to try and remove some of the very serious backlash in both axes. If you intend getting a motor, I'd suggest you do the same. I'll let you know how I get on and if there are any pitfalls :shock:

Cheers

Dave

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15 years 3 months ago #8651 by DenisM
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I think LIDL's scope is an EQ3 mount, from trawling the net.
A motor is available for the EQ3 for about sterling 130.00

www.opticalvision.co.uk/products.asp?D=68&P=234

Seems daft to pay more for a motor than the scope ?

This link points to a motor designed for EQ2 mounts.

www.telescope.com/shopping/product/detai...&add=yes#tabLink

It's about $34.00 in USA (and i suppose shipping ...)

Wonder if this motor would have the oomph to drive a Skylux ? Anybody tried ?

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15 years 3 months ago #8656 by Seanie_Morris
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the mount is pretty poor. I am intending taking a spanner/screwdriver to it and giving it an overhaul to try and remove some of the very serious backlash in both axes.


Dave et all,
I have the same scope, and I'd make a note of a few things that up to now were bugs for me.

The dovetail plate does come loose now and again. There are 2 nuts and bolts that hold the dovetail plate to the fixing rings which hold the tube. Get a socket wrench and make sure these are tight.

Try an overhaul by carefully opening the shaft housings and remove the grease inside. A good mount won't use grease, but very clean gears coated with oil similar to that used for bikes (not motor oil!). This helps the smooth rolling of the axes.

When using the scope, try not to swivel the tube into the best position with the axis hand nuts locked. Loosen them, swivel the tube into the general direction, then lock them and use the slow motion controls.
Trying to move/swivel the axes while locked will bring a bit of backlash to them, but I also found that one bad case of backlash was a loose dovetail nut+bolt!

After all these, the scope works fine and smooth, and has not given me any trouble since. Incidentaly, I bought mine when they came out first over a year ago.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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15 years 3 months ago #8659 by albertw
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Try an overhaul by carefully opening the shaft housings and remove the grease inside. A good mount won't use grease, but very clean gears coated with oil similar to that used for bikes (not motor oil!). This helps the smooth rolling of the axes.


ook? It will use grease. Though it may not be the regular inside-of-an-engine type grease, more likley a lithium type grease (which has very little lithium apparently but that seems to be what its called!).

Its something I've been putting off doing on my mount since I got it, so if anyone can reccommend a good and availble grease let us know :)

Cheers,
~Al

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
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