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Sent: Saturday, June 9, 2001 4:24:50 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Phillips) It's cloudy in the islands tonight. So, here's a little mod that everyone can use! It's guaranteed to help rid the gnarly twisted mess of cords that eventually invades everyone's set-up! I contacted Kendrick to make sure the heat generation of the Kendrick heaters wasn't related to the length of the heater cords that connect to the controller. They said the cord length had nothing to do with the heat rating or amount of heat generated. So, out came the soldering iron and the cable cutters! I customized the cord lengths on each of my heaters, velcro-ed the controller under my OTA (a little extra weight on the front is a good thing lately!!!), and used a few more adhesive cable stays to FINALLY get rid of some more dangling cords!!!!! The OTA can slew completely through it's DEC/AZ ranges of motion without any of the heater cords contacting the forks or the wedge, or the scope or tripod base!!!! For my next trick, I'm going to mod the controller with a 5mm 12vdc plug so I can pull the power cord off after use. That way, I can leave the heaters and the controller on the scope indefinitely, cutting some time off the setup and teardown routine! Smooth, baby!!! Jim Phillips Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands 15-09N 145-44E GMT +10
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