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My astronomy project:
EQ6 Mount, dismantling / rebuilding


Contents:

  1. Introduction and Disassembling
  2. Internal gearbox alternatives
  3. Needed belt length, measurements
  4. New timing belt and pulleys has arrived
  5. Lids to worm gear adjusted
  6. Lathe of 60 teeth pulley
  7. Installing 60 teeth pulleys
  8. RA and DEC shaft shims
  9. Test installing timing belts and motors
  10. Installing RA timing belt and motor
  11. Installing DEC timing belt and RA shaft into chassis
  12. Testing and adjusting
  13. Power up and EQMOD gear ratio setup
  14. Hang up the telescope, balancing and calibrating parking point
  15. Fine adjusting RA and DEC worm gear play
  16. Drift align and auto guide calibration
  17. Setup EQMOD and PHD2 (moved to tutorial section)
  18. Test of auto-guiding
  19. During work

Note:
I take no responsibility or liability for what are written here, you use the information on your own risk!


18, Test of auto-guiding:

I had to wait three months until I had a clear sky.

PHD2 calibration

After some struggle with the setup of the month I could start to calibrate the auto guiding, I auto guide with the PHD2 software. With earlier test I had some strange problem with the angle between RA and DEC axis, now it looks much better. When I checked the polar alignment it had an error of 20', I have to adjust it better later.


PHD2 auto guiding

When checking the total rms error of auto guiding I'm now at low 0.69" error, that's good. Before the rebuilt of the mount I typically had total rms errors from 0.85" to 1.3". But even earlier when I had an off-axis adapter I had very low error, somewhere from 0.5" to 0.8" and then without belt drive.

I spent the night with taking photos of the galaxies M102 and M 106, if they are presentable I put them up on my homepage later. The exposures are 60 x 60 seconds at ISO 1600, that's is maximum from my light polluted balcony.

At last, a night with clear sky:

I think I can tweak the PHD2 parameters and get even lower rms error.

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