Re: Shipping an AP1100
To explain further, the RA and Dec axes are supported in their cartons with foam blocks so that the gearbox is suspended in air and is not in contact with packing materials. The prevents the gearbox from being jammed during shipment.
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From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Roland Christen via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 11:02 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Shipping an AP1100
We normally ship it with the worm coupled. However, great care must be taken to protect the gearbox from being jammed into the mount, so there cannot be any pressure on the gearbox to push it further into mesh. You can unlock the gearbox via the lever (turn it ccw) if you want to make sure that there won't be any pressure on the gears.
Thank you Roland.
During transport, should the worm be coupled to the worm wheel or should it be off? Does it matter?
The two axes come separate. When you get them, the Dec axis attaches directly to the Ra with a dovetail system. It is straight forward and easy to do.
I would like to have some details about the best way to package an AP1100 and would like to know how Astro-Physics ships it.
Does it originally come in one or more boxes? What are their dimensions and how heavy are they?
If in one box, does it come in one piece with RA and DEC bolted together?
Should the worm be coupled to the gear? Does it matter?
Is the hand controller in the same box?