Re: Quick Release Gearbox Modification for Older AP1600
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That does seem like a lot of friction. I’m not sure about the AP1600’s clutch mechanism, but I suspect my old Mach1 is similar. And in that case, the clutch system can be lubricated independently of the drive gear system. And it’s a lot easier too.
Another suggestion. You mention the electronic fish scale balancing system (which is my preference) for balancing. But have you tried the motor current load method to see how well that might work for you? I’m pretty sure you already have a PowerWerx voltage/current meter. So you can try that method and see if it works any better for you. When slewing (I used slow slew speeds) the motor current load should be the same in both directions.
But I’d start with re-greasing the clutch system first. And so far as I understand it, that doesn’t require the fancy greases that come in the AP grease kit. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the clutch parts do better with a different kind of grease. I believe I used a SuperLube synthetic grease for my clutch bearings.
I know that when I re-greased the clutch bearing system in my Mach1, it made a lot of difference.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Jack Huerkamp
Sent: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Quick Release Gearbox Modification for Older AP1600
JimP, granted the AP1600 offers resistance to movement even when the clutch knobs are fully loosened. In my case it takes between 10# and 15# of pull measured with an electronic fish scale to break the friction and get the mount to move in either RA or Dec. I try to balance the mount by checking the pull needed in both directions and getting them as close to equal as possible. But getting a precise balance is impossible. That is why I asked if AP was going to offer an upgraded quick release worm mechanism like they have on the current AP1600 mounts. Quickly releasing the worm from the worm gear allows for easy and precise balancing.