Author Topic: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion  (Read 71 times)

puzzweetscareg

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Re: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2018, 01:54:59 AM »
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Did you put double sided tape on the encoder disk located on the base? This helps a lot. This disk can slip a bit. I remember getting similar warps as you before I added the tape.

what do you mean ??? .....tape ?? The encoder on the bottom base ?? what do you do or how and where you put the tape on ??

Owen Khan

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Re: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2018, 03:14:41 AM »
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Are you absolutely certain you're looking at and pointing the scope to Vega and Capella?

Folks have made that mistake before...

yes im new but not that new

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Re: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2018, 05:14:14 AM »
Add 4 small pieces of scotch double sided tape to the encoder disc and adhere the disc to the base. Evenly space the pieces of tape at 3,6,9,12 oclock around the encoder disc. This will prevent the disc from slipping. This might be your problem. It solved my issue.

There are threads on CN about this simple mod/repair.

Also, others have fixed this problem by placing adding a DVD disk to this assembly, taping encoder to the DVD, to raise the encoder disc slightly. Some have said the gap was too much to get proper readings with the encoder disc.

These are simply quick mods to do. And they can be removed with no harm to any of your equipment if it doesn't solve your issue.

Grant Buchanan

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Re: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2018, 09:08:55 PM »
Here's a possibly dumb question: are you centering your two stars in the FINDER or in the "higher powered, smaller field of view" eyepiece?

Sirius/Polaris works very well for me. Polaris can ONLY be star #2, never #1.

Lastly: even though you get warps ~5, what happens when you tell the COL to locate an object that you can recognize (NOT a planet)? Is it anywhere nearby? NGC457 (Owl Cluster) is very recognizable and bright, try that one.

Really lastly: you can do the third (fourth, fifth, etc.) object alignment as mentioned in a previous post.

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Re: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2018, 11:26:23 PM »
I also vouch for the double-sided tape. That fixes the problem with the disk on the base (the azimuth encoder disk).

There's also a disk on one of the support arms and that disk is supposed to move with the optical tube (not be fixed to the base). There's a c-clip that holds it in place but the clip is not supposed to be pressed tight against the disk or it will prevent it from moving. I had to back off the c-clip and that solved the altitude axis encoder problem.

Both are easy fixes once you know what to look for.

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Re: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2018, 06:27:11 AM »
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I also vouch for the double-sided tape. That fixes the problem with the disk on the base (the azimuth encoder disk).

There's also a disk on one of the support arms and that disk is supposed to move with the optical tube (not be fixed to the base). There's a c-clip that holds it in place but the clip is not supposed to be pressed tight against the disk or it will prevent it from moving. I had to back off the c-clip and that solved the altitude axis encoder problem.

Both are easy fixes once you know what to look for.

WhatMade you two decide to use the double tape what Kind of readings were you getting before you did that

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Re: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion
« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2018, 11:28:06 PM »
I did it when I assembled the scope new. I read the idea here and figured why mess around. So I taped it.

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Re: (Intelliscope Pointing) xt8i Orion
« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2018, 11:57:32 PM »
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I also vouch for the double-sided tape. That fixes the problem with the disk on the base (the azimuth encoder disk).

There's also a disk on one of the support arms and that disk is supposed to move with the optical tube (not be fixed to the base). There's a c-clip that holds it in place but the clip is not supposed to be pressed tight against the disk or it will prevent it from moving. I had to back off the c-clip and that solved the altitude axis encoder problem.

Both are easy fixes once you know what to look for.

WhatMade you two decide to use the double tape what Kind of readings were you getting before you did that
I was getting similar warp readings as you in the 2-5 range. I taped the encoder disk and now I consistently have warps from 0.0 - 0.7. I read about the taping on CN.