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EQ-Z – DEC Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 2)

I picked up the screws I was missing last week-end to install the encoder read head, counterweight bar, the rear RA shaft cover. I had to have the cables well routed in both shaft before I could any adjustment to … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – DEC Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 1)

With the mount’s base and RA assembled I was finally able to start working on the declination axis! I started by finishing all of the cabling. There was still a bit of work left there. I managed to keep everything clean … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – Moved to Z-One Observatory

Finally! With both the interior and exterior of the observatory finished (minus a couple details here and there…) I was finally able to plan the move of the RA housing (largest sub-assembly of the entire EQ-Z mounting) into the observatory. … Continue reading


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Z-PH – Scope Mounted Power Hub

I mentioned my Power Hub several times but never posted any detail or picture… It’s a fairly simple device that is going to allow me to run only a single power cable through the mount to feed all of my equipment and accessories … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – Back Panel

As mentioned before I decided to switch from the Gemini 2 controller which I had plenty of experience with to the Sideral Technologies Servo II. I really wanted a controller that supports High Resolution shaft encoders. I had almost gave … Continue reading


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Z-One – Exterior Construction

Well, it took me over 6 months to start blogging about the construction of the observatory. I did post quite a few pictures on Cloudynights and Astrosurf though. Anyway, Z-one is the name I chose for my (first) observatory. It … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – RA Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 3)

Quick and final update for the RA assembly. I’ve already started working on Declination parts and hopefully I will start putting the Declination assembly together. The toughest part (the shaft) is done – I am anxious to have everything ready … Continue reading


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CDK17 – Optics shipped!

My Optics are ready and are shipping! I should have them within 4 weeks. I received the final optical specs (namely spacing between the different elements) which will allow me to finalize the structure. I found that the front of … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – RA Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 2)

I was able to make more progress on the mounting this week. I first finalized the clutch assembly. I needed to enlarge (actually deepen) the housings for the four dowel pins (which force the clutch assembly to be kept in … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – RA Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 1)

It’s been a while since my last progress on the equatorial mounting… But I am now officially started on the “serious” work: i.e. all of the heavy assembly work. So here’s what I have so far: Although I haven’t made any … Continue reading


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