ETX/DS TECHNICAL TIPS
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2001 8:08:08 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (V.A. van Wulfen) I've been a frequent visitor of your site since I discovered it some six months ago. The amount of information it presents is awesome! I hope I can make a modest contribution to this wealth of knowledge. Recently I have taken my ETX-125 apart for a tune-up. Because I live in the Netherlands and no longer in Tucson where I bought my scope I decided to give it a try. Shipping an entire ETX trans-atlantic to Clay Sherrod would cost a small fortune. Not all went well, the wires running from the base to the DEC motor snapped and more trouble followed. My scope would no longer listen to my Autostar. Nothing worked, not new software, new wiring........ I wont tell the entire story, but I ended up writing countless e-mails to Clay and ordered a new DEC circuit board and a new power panel. I should receive it this week. Hopefully this solves my scopes trouble, if not I'll probably have to order a new Autostar. Clay has been of tremendous help with his expertise and by sending me the replacement circuit boards. Because my scope is now in pieces I decided to, using my new digital camera, take detailed pictures of the ETX's "guts". Once I have my scope back together and running again I'll write a detailed report on what to do and not do when performing an ETX update. The tips on Jordan Blessing's site were usefull but too much can go wrong. I found out the hard way. Thankfully Clay Sherrod knows how to help people out. Victor van Wulfen
Declination Drive Gearbox
Declination Drive Optical Encoder
Right Ascension Gearbox
Right Ascension Optical Encoder
Right Ascension Gear and Clutch Plate
Right Ascension Lock
Right Ascension Locking Bolt
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