Tag Archives: Equatorial Mounting

CDK17-Complete

CDK17 – Final Assembly

Those who follow the thread on CloudyNights have probably seen most of the pictures in this post already but here’s the final write up on the design and construction of my 17″ CDK. I received the optics about 9 months … Continue reading

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EQ-Z – Final Assembly

Well, the EQ-Z mount is finally complete. At this time, the mirrors have been glued with RTV to their support cells. I think next week-end will be first light. Hopefully I can test and configure the mount before then. Since … Continue reading

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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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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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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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EQ-Z – RA Shaft

After several months with no work on the mounting, I finally got back to it by working on the electronics that interfaces the motors to the Gemini-II controller. Meanwhile, I sent out one of the two big lathe jobs. None … Continue reading

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EQ-Z – RA Bearing Blocks

I’ve started working on the Right Ascension housing which once assembled will be the single most massive part of the whole mounting. Two of the main parts of the RA housing are the Bearing Blocks. Each of these blocks host a large … Continue reading

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EQ-Z – Drive System

The equatorial mounting is designed around gears and worms made by Ed. Byers, CA. After visiting Mr. Byers shop I can say I am really proud of using his fine work in my mounting. Gears are 12″ and 15.25″ in … Continue reading

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