Author Topic: Side by Side mount on a GOTO GEM  (Read 433 times)

tenpaseper

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Side by Side mount on a GOTO GEM
« on: December 24, 2017, 07:34:03 PM »
Question. When adding a side-by-side installation to my CEM25 (Vixen design) dovetail bracket, do I want to physically unbolt the dovetail mind and rotate it 90 degrees, or can I just rotate the head 90 degrees in DEC and  zero it out at the GOTO alignment procedure?

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Tommy Schmidt

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Re: Side by Side mount on a GOTO GEM
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 02:12:40 AM »
You can just rotate the head and then set a new zero.

P.S. - By zero, I mean establish the park position with the new orientation. The head may not rotate to exactly 90 degrees, a gear thread may be a tad off, so you'd want to get everything level and properly set again to be sure. Then it will just work like it did before. The mount doesn't care how you orient the head. At least, that's the case with the ZEQ25.

Travis Vega

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Re: Side by Side mount on a GOTO GEM
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 01:56:20 AM »
On my CEM60 I only had to remove the screw that prevents it from rotating beyond 180 degrees. Then just find zero & loosen & rotate the mount. You best be careful with the weight. My CEM60 can just barely handle a C8 + a 81 mm refractor+camera..

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Re: Side by Side mount on a GOTO GEM
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 07:44:35 AM »
Thats what I thought. My new CEM25 must be messed up then. After all the setup, and accurate date,time, location, it try to locate targets in the opposite side of the sky. That's why I wondered if the SBS setup was screwed up.

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Re: Side by Side mount on a GOTO GEM
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 03:54:58 AM »
I only have one 60mm guidescope, a Sigma telephoto lens and a Canon 6D. That should not be too heavy.