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My astronomy project:
Repair and adjusting focus friction


Focus friction

  1. Introduction focuser
  2. Disassembling the focuser
  3. The friction parts
  4. Assembling focuser together
  5. Implement of high friction surface
  6. Spring compensation load

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3: The friction parts

After had disassembled the focuser I can now examine the friction surfaces and the construction to see if there are any wrong with it.

I have taken out the focuser draw tube. Friction coupler in focuser

Here you can se how it works, the axis press against the steel plate on the focuser draw tube. It's a little bit strange, I can almost not feel any friction between them. How it come?

Friction coupler in focuser

This the press bearing that press the axis against the steel plate. I got one advice that I could put on some abrasive powder on the frictions surfaces, surely it will increase the friction, but in this case also destroy this bearing. Must find another alternative.

Friction coupler in focuser

Here how the press bearing looks inside.

Friction coupler in focuser

This is how the adjust force screw act on the press bearing.

Friction coupler in focuser

I removed the tiny screws that hold the steel plate to examine it in detail. The black sheets above are distance plates that fit under the steel plate.

Friction coupler in focuser

I got very surprised here, the friction on the backside surface was much higher, it looks like a diamond texture surface that I have read about, Diamond Steeltrack.

Have they mounted the steel plate upside down?

It's not so easy to just turn the steel plate upside down, the holes are conical to let the screws be recessed below the surface of the steel plate. If I try to drill up the holes from other side they maybe could be too wide.

Maybe it could be that the side I use now had wear out and got polished and then low friction, but it don't look like that because outside the track it's also this low friction surface. If it's a worn out problem there should be spare parts to buy but I have not find anything yet.

Friction coupler in focuser

What I did was take a file and scratch the surface with. The friction is higher now, but not as high as it is on the backside. If it doesn't work I will try to turn the steel plate upside down. Please, don't do what I have done here on your own focuser, it maybe will be destroyed!

After this I clean every surface very carefully from grease and dust.

I have also sent a question to TS about this problem.

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