Friday, February 23rd, 2018



Mount ready for disassembly

Why do I do these things? I’m beginning yet another major project, one that calls into question my good judgment (which may be true of many of my projects).

Several of my online correspondents have convinced me that my telescope mount will work better if I send it off to be “hypertuned.” This involves completely dis-assembling the mount, cleaning and re-lubricating all of its parts, replacing a few of them with parts of better quality. The motor gear drives are then cleaned and precisely adjusted to have as little backlash as possible, something the factory may not have done as carefully as I am willing to do.

I browsed and found the company in Phoenix who does the hypertuning, for a stiff price. For cheapskates like me they offer a do-it-yourself kit and an instructional DVD video. I bit on this and received the kit and the DVD. I watched the video and blanched a bit.

The photo above is my garage work area with the mount on it, all ready to be violated as soon as the garage temperature rises a bit. I’ll keep you posted from time to time to show you the trouble I get into.

To those who came in late, a mount sits on top of a tripod, and a telescope is fixed to the top of the mount. My mount is of a type called a German Equatorial Mount, and its function is to move the telescope to track the motion of the stars.

I hope to soon have a mount that moves with silky smoothness and is ready to start tracking the stars by the time baseball spring training arrives.

Dave, optimistic at this point.


4 Responses to “Hypertune”
  1. Tom says:

    Why am I not surprised? Good luck.

  2. Larry Ayers says:

    That’ll keep you out of the snow, I imagine!

  3. Dave says:

    Thanks, Tom, I will need it. Out of the snow but not for long I hope, Larry. The experts say it takes them 3 hours to cybertune a mount. I figure it may take me 3 weeks, but I hope not. The time it takes may be roughly proportional to the age of the worker.

  4. Leslie says:

    As soon as I saw the photo I wondered if you were out there in the freezing garage working on it this winter. I breathed a daughterly sigh of relief as a I read on. Sounds like a worthy project!

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