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On Jul 17, 2020, at 1:28 PM, W Hilmo <y.groups@...> wrote:
A couple of years ago, I broke down my AP1100 after it had been set up in the yard for a few months and covered when not in use. Some enterprising creature had completely filled the inside of the mount with maple seeds. No harm was done and all I needed to do was to separate the mount halves and lightly blow out the stuff that didn’t just fall out.
There was no evidence of a nest, just a food storehouse.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via groups.io
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2020 2:57 PM
Subject: [ap-gto] Of Mice and Mounts
Lat week during an imaging session in my observatory I happened to see a mouse rappelling down the power cord on my nearby 1600 mount. Rather strange, I thought, that mice would use wires as highways up and down a telescope pier.
Then last night, as I was getting ready to do some imaging with the 17" astrograph on that 1600 mount, I ran into a familiar problem. The Dec axis ran for 1 second and stopped, with the yellow light coming on in the CP4 controller. I looked up the open hole in the back of the RA (yes I forgot to put the plug back in last August) and saw some shredded paper way up in the Dec axis cavity. I knew then I had to get into the Dec axis and check out the damage.
Since I had a large astrograph on the mount, I decided to put the mount counterweight down, scope on top and lock the axes clutch knobs tight. Without removing the scope, I removed all the counterweights, the counterweight shaft and unscrewed the counterweight adapter from the end of the Dec axis. Here's what it looked like:
After cleaning out the mess:
The mice had chewed on all the wires and broke several of them. Fortunately I have lots of practice soldering. I pulled out the Dec connector wire along with the crossover box:
The mice had damage 6 of the 8 wires. With some matching pieces of wire, some heat shrink tubing I spliced in the damaged portions:
Finished cable wrapped with some electrical tape. Did it work? YES, the mount is back in business and the scope is imaging again.