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Telpod mount needs some work: advice needed

Started by jolds, 11/16/2006 02:33PM
Posted 11/16/2006 02:33PM Opening Post
I have a Telpod mount for my TV85 that needs some work done on it. I purchased the mount originally at Company 7 optics (just outside DC) but haven't been able to get in touch w. them by email.

So I'd like some advice if anyone would care to lend a helping hand. The mount needs to have its azimuth digital setting circles (i.e. the optical encoders) replaced. The altitude ones are fine. At the same time, I'd like to get the mount looked at in terms of the azimuth movement, since it's always been somewhat sticky since I bought the mount about eight years ago.

So my question is: do I ship to TV in New York? Or do I get the repair done at some local outfit?

Thanks so much in advance,

Posted 11/18/2006 07:02PM #1
I have a Gibralter 5 mount and some experience servicing it myself. Of course, there is little doubt TV can do the best possible job, and I highly recommend you call them for an estimate and an RA. They should be able to sell you the single encoder, I would think, whereas Company 7 and other vendors may instead be forced to sell you both.

That said, you can do the job yourself if you have the interest, some time, and some patience. I would try to write everything out here for you, but it boils down to just following the written instructions that came with the scope and accessories, and getting some quality marine (waterproof) grease to recoat the surfaces of the azimuth bearing and associated pad. There were no instructions about how to do this, so ask when you call TV and they'll step you through enough of it for you to get the gist of what to do.

I had the same problem as you - altitude movements were no longer silky smooth after installing the encoder. When I serviced the mount, I forced some of the marine grease into the bearing gaps with my fingers. Messy, to be sure, but nothing I couldn't wipe up easily. I am very pleased with the altitude movements now.

Another caution. When re-installing the new azimuth encoder, be certain to read and follow all instructions - especially the one about smoothing the edges of the new encoder shaft before attempting to insert it into it's receiving hole. Removal of the old encoder will slightly mar the surfaces of the hole and its lips. I used fine steel wool to smooth off the sharpness at the forward edges of the encoder shaft (after I broke it somewhere inside while trying to force it in). Then, some wd-40 to help ease it in.

Good Luck