User Links for
 bbrence







CURRENT MOON
(North America)
History
205 Entries
04/22/14
04/19/12
08/08/11
08/04/11
08/02/11
07/27/11
07/09/11
07/07/11
07/02/11
05/31/11
05/16/11
05/01/11
04/23/11
04/18/11
04/11/11
02/28/11
02/02/11
01/22/11
01/10/11
09/26/10
09/25/10
09/13/10
09/06/10
09/05/10
09/04/10
09/02/10
08/26/10
08/25/10
08/24/10
08/18/10
08/16/10
08/14/10
08/12/10
08/06/10
07/30/10
07/28/10
07/25/10
07/20/10
07/15/10
07/07/10
07/06/10
07/04/10
06/14/10
06/12/10
05/17/10
05/14/10
04/24/10
04/17/10
04/16/10
04/10/10
04/02/10
04/01/10
03/23/10
03/21/10
03/18/10
03/07/10
03/06/10
02/21/10
02/19/10
02/18/10
02/13/10
02/10/10
01/12/10
01/09/10
12/23/09
12/22/09
12/20/09
12/11/09
12/10/09
12/01/09
11/29/09
11/26/09
11/25/09
11/24/09
11/23/09
11/22/09
11/20/09
11/19/09
11/15/09
11/13/09
11/01/09
09/28/09
09/26/09
09/20/09
09/07/09
09/06/09
09/04/09
09/02/09
08/31/09
08/28/09
08/21/09
08/20/09
08/17/09
08/13/09
08/09/09
07/31/09
07/30/09
07/23/09
07/22/09
07/20/09
07/17/09
07/14/09
07/11/09
07/10/09
07/03/09
07/02/09
06/30/09
06/27/09
06/15/09
06/10/09
05/30/09
05/28/09
05/23/09
05/20/09
05/17/09
05/15/09
05/09/09
04/30/09
04/26/09
04/24/09
04/21/09
04/19/09
04/18/09
04/17/09
04/15/09
04/11/09
04/06/09
04/04/09
04/03/09
03/30/09
03/27/09
03/12/09
03/06/09
03/02/09
02/26/09
02/20/09
02/17/09
01/26/09
01/18/09
01/17/09
01/16/09
01/14/09
01/13/09
01/03/09
12/16/08
12/05/08
10/25/08
10/22/08
• 10/13/08
09/27/08
09/15/08
09/10/08
09/06/08
09/03/08
08/28/08
08/24/08
08/21/08
08/18/08
08/14/08
08/05/08
07/31/08
07/26/08
07/22/08
07/19/08
07/15/08
07/14/08
07/13/08
07/11/08
07/09/08
06/30/08
06/27/08
06/17/08
06/13/08
06/12/08
06/09/08
05/30/08
05/25/08
05/15/08
05/14/08
05/11/08
05/08/08
05/06/08
05/02/08
04/26/08
04/25/08
04/21/08
04/20/08
04/18/08
04/17/08
04/16/08
04/15/08
04/12/08
04/11/08
04/08/08
04/04/08
04/02/08
02/23/08
02/20/08
02/19/08
02/18/08
11/30/-1
11/30/-1
11/30/-1
11/30/-1
11/30/-1
    
Monday, October 13th, 2008
 Have you ever started what you thought would be a simple repair project, only to find that the problem was far more complicated than you thought?  
 
The altitude axis on my Celestron NexStar mount was loose.  Surrounded by screws and parts, I finally figured out what the problem was and corrected it.   When I put everything back together, the axis was snug, but the mount would only move left and right......the altitude axis wouldn't move.   Turns out, in the process of fixing the problem, I managed to pull a connector loose.
 
No problem?   Big problem!!!    The connector socket was deep inside the mount base, and I spent almost 2 hours trying to find it.(tiny).   After just about totally dismantling the entire mount base, I found the socket.   That was just the start of another hour of struggling to get my fingers into a space half their size.   (Much cursing ensued)
 
I don't know how I did it, but I got it all put back togther with no screws or parts leftover.......and everything works.  Amazing.    And the altitude axis is snug.
 
PS:  I was happy to see that the NexStar has metal gears.
 
A new hand controller has also solved the malfunction issues I had at the recent Camp Hancock star party.   So...........I am ready to get back to some photography.   Now, of course, the monsoon season has begun.....so it may be a while before any new photos are posted.
 
Below:  A just completed model of the Hubble.   Poorly executed, but not bad for a $8.95 paper model.   www.spacecraftkits.com    The base and dowel support were fabricated from supplies found at JoAnn's fabrics and Crafts.


Image Gallery For This Session
Hubble Model a Hubble model b
   

Hubble_Model_a.jpg
Click picture above for larger version
If the picture seems too bright or too dark, try adjusting the brightness below.
Brightness:
|
  



Comments:
On 10/13/08 at 03:28pm Barry wrote:
I have no clue what I'm doing either. I just got damn lucky. Everything was fine until I pulled the connector loose.....that's when the s_ _ _ hit the fan. Had visions of $$$$$, mailing costs, and weeks waiting for it to be retured from Celestron tech support.



On 10/13/08 at 12:55pm Neil Heacock wrote:
What an adventure Barry. You're a brave man. Personally, I hate delving into my scope's innards because it's so expensive and I have no clue what I'm doing!

Sounds like in the end you are back in business so congrats on that. Looking forward to seeing more from you - when the 4 month storm blows over!

-Neil



Add A Comment:
Your Name (optional):

*Your Comment:



CAPTCHA Image   Reload Image
Enter Code*:


NOTE: Comments are moderated and do not post immediately.



© 2008 Triad Technology Systems | www.triadtechsys.com