Re: AP900 Dec backlash - more help required

Jeff Young <jey@...>

John --

It's quite unlikely to be the motor shaft -- that gear is glued on as
well as being set-screwed.

The gears in the middle are just transfer gears, so they rotate freely
on the shoulder-bolts which hold them to the motor housing. The gear on
the worm shaft (that closest to the mount) is the most likely culprit.
You might try your pencil line trick with it and see if that shows
anything up. You should also be able to get to the setscrew in that one
more easily.

-- Jeff.


From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...] On
Behalf Of John Winfield
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 4:07 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: AP900 Dec backlash - more help required

Hi all,

Thanks to the guidance here, I've removed the motor box cover
inspected the gear train underneath.

I've discovered that when driving the Dec motor at 1x sidereal
it 'jumps', once or twice per revolution.
This seems to predominantly happen after changing direction - if
keep running in the same direction the jumps seem to stop after
a few
I'm guessing this is indeed due to a loose locking screw on one
of the

I put a pencil mark on the end of the motor shaft and after a
jumps it still seemed to be in the same orientation wrt to the
grub screw, so I'm assuming it's not that one.

I can't get to the locking screw on the motor shaft through this
cover to check it's tightness and can't even see the locking
screws on
the other gear shafts.

Am I on the right lines - and are there any guidelines on how
best to
adjust the locking screws on these other hard-to-reach gear

I'm not a mechanical whizz, but I'm reasonably competent.



--- In ap-gto@... <>
, chris1011@... wrote:
> In a message dated 4/23/2007 2:08:04 PM Central Daylight Time,

> winfij@... writes:
> > Thanks for clarifying that - this is a circa 2003 mount,
> > used as you say.
> In a lot of cases, when a mount has been purchased used, the
who ships
> it will not package it correctly, and the result is that
stress is
put on the
> motor box/worm gear. This then results in poor worm mesh, so
first thing
> a new user must do when he/she recaives a used mount is to do
re-mesh on
> both axes. Probably the biggest mistake is to take such a
mount out
of the box,
> set it up outside and expect it to work perfectly. It probably
not work
> quite right until the gear mesh has been checked. Also, many
times a
mount can
> have other minor things out of adjustment which the previous
> realized, but which the new owner will see right away.
Therefore do
not hesitate to
> check all things in the daylight before trying it out in the
> >
> > Are there any instructions/pictures as to how to remove the
motor box
> > cover, just to make sure I get the correct screws?
> >
> The motor box cover is located on the opposite end of the worm
> Remove the 6 small Allen head screws and the cover will slip
You will then
> see the spur reduction gears. Once you see them, you will
how it
> all works.
> Rolando
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