Last updated: 12 March 2003
Sent: Sunday, March 9, 2003 21:25:49 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Reynolds) Here's my solution for the focuser slop that I experienced on my DS70EC. I'm sure this would help with the other DS scopes that use the all plastic focuser. There are three JPGs that go with this mod, focus1-3, but they are all basically the same photo just different angles. In the photos the red arrows point to the pieces of milk jug, the green arrow points out the "groove" that the rack travels in.
This mod replaces the "Velcro-type" shimming material used by the factory with pieces of milk jug cut to fit (aka polyethylene). You probably should remove the focuser from the scope tube and remove the knob assembly, and focuser tube. In the focuser itself you will see six small "ribs" or ridges that the focus tube (the part with the rack on it) rides on. Cut five pieces of milk jug to fit into the spaces between these ridges (see photos). I attached the polyethylene with thin double stick tape. Check your fit by inserting the focus tube. You may have to remove one or more pieces of the poly if it is too tight but try to keep the pieces equally centered otherwise whenever you change directions focusing the tube will "wiggle" in that direction. You could also narrow the width of the milk jug pieces. Keep in mind though, that the next step will help make things work better. Put everything back together. Use spray silicone and treat the focuser tube several times with the silicone working it back and forth in the focuser. I sprayed it on, wiped it off lightly and then repeated the process until the focus operation was smooth as silk. There is still some hesitation in the movement when you first use the scope but if frees up pretty quickly and on my scope the FOV wobble is completely gone. Now, to get my machinist friend to make two large brass knobs... Dan Reynolds
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