Mount Maintenance for gear wear

Bruce Donzanti

I have an AP1100 in a permanent observatory on top of my garage parked in position 4.  During the past 3 years, I've only imaged about 120 hrs per year.  I read in the manual to use the keypad to move the scope to park 1 then releasing the clutches and manually moving it to park 4, then recycle the power and then start up from park 4 so you start using the other side of the gear wheels.  Is this that critical for such few hours used?  Also, I no longer have my keypad (I use SkySafari which has park 3 & 4 only) so what is an alternative way to get to park 1?     

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