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Model: EQ5GOTOkitPart Number: 20108
Note: Once fitted you will no longer be able to use the slow-motion controls and will need to use the motor control to move manually.
Tis true, the fitting instructions are non existent but a bit of common sense, patience and a vague understanding of how a gear works and it's pretty obvious what to do.Took me about 1 hour to go from sealed box to switch on and was pretty pleased with myself.Tried slewing the Dec motor and it worked perfectly first time. However when I tried the RA it moved a little then cut out, powered down and rechecked everything, tried again and same happened. 3rd attempt I took the cover off and removed the brass gear expecting the motor to work and for the problem to be the gears binding but when I tried again I saw a little spark from the back of the PCB and it cut out again. At this point I thought about sending it back with no further investigation but decided to remove the PCB from its mount and see if it was anything obvious. It was, the was a loose bit of solder floating around in the gap between the motor and PCB causing a short circuit. Removed it and rebuild and everything seems to be working fine now but Im a pit upset with that given the price of this kit.Not tried it outdoors yet as I've literally just finished building it but am looking forward to doing so first time is clear and dark enough.
The kit itself was ok. All parts present, but there wasn't a parts list so, I didn't know this until completing the install. The so called installation instructions were quite frankly a joke as they skipped all relevent details about which parts fitted where. I just had to figure it out myself. Supplied screws for the main body housing proved to be too short.
I purchased this for an old Vixen Super Polaris mount. I fully expected to have to modify this somewhat to fit this older mount but that was not the case. My mount has the 4 setscrew style to mount the Dec and ra motors. All I needed to do was make a small plate that screwed to the bottom of the upgrade motors. The plate is then held with the 4 setscrews. I have not had weather to test it yet but everything seems as it should work as expected. Will update once I test it.
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