Now you need to get them all to move in unison and make a YouTube movie. WD40, white lithium grease, refined petrol/white spirit and alcohol. I already had to pull them up to 60 deg Lat (I am at 42) to have them standing and not falling off. Below shows an overview of how to disassemble the important bits of the G-11. Uses a special type of blue grease, no idea what this is. Make sure you clean both. Images are in chronological order by the way showing disassembly step by step. After unscrewing the counterweight bar take off all parts and washers at the end of the Dec axis. In pratice it is not important if you start with RA or Dec first, the process is more or less the same, it is just the way I set up below overview. There are 2 sets of needle ring bearings, 1 at the top, 1 at the bottom. EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC / LOSMANDY G-11 WITH EXPLORE SCIENTIFIC PMC-EIGHT GOTO SYSTEM, I agree to allow Ontario Telescope and Accessories to store and process my personal data as described in the, 1-1/4 inch diameter weight shaft w/safety knob. Complete Installation instructions are on the link. Start by unscrewing the polar scope (if installed) from the RA axis. Click Here to Download the Software Developers Kit. The night sky is full of possibilities, and so is the PMC-Eight. Loosen both small metal tubes to the left and right. Then download the Celestial Database by clicking the link above and after the download is complete, unzip that file. PS/ G-11 and GM-8 are using a tripod, while the HGM-200 and Titan 50 are on a pier. Having had great success with unguided imaging and my old Vixen GP-DX mount (capable of consistent perfect tracking over 3 … (ExploreStars is currently available for Windows 8.1 and 10 or Android with other OS available soon.). Move your finger across to slew the telescope. Solid as a rock. Clean the cover taken from the top of the RA housing. In addition to standard features like an auto-guide port (ST4 contact input) and a serial port for conventional hardwired connectivity, the PMC-Eight encompasses such advanced features as a wireless Ethernet 10/100 with full IP function which permits access to the controller from anywhere, which provide fast and robust operations. Instead, we want to give you the access you need to make this system your own. Below shows an overview of how to disassemble the important bits of the G-11. RA with all of the top part (see previous imae_ removed. Dry after cleaning. You will find a folder called ExploreStarsComplete and drag that folder into your "Pictures" folder on your Windows based PC or tablet. – see below, second image from the left. Declination after scrubbing and cleaning. The Explore Scientific/Losmandy G-11 was designed by Explore Scientific's Engineers, and features the PMC-Eight™, which represents a new approach to robotic precision motion control for telescope mounts with a robust eight processor electronics board for a wide range of software clients. – This is even more important for RA as this directly impacts the tracking performance of your mount ! To spin around they have to be pier or tripod mounted, otherwise they would collapse... Edited by Max Lattanzi, 08 November 2018 - 08:47 AM. Use an old toothbrush to clean these and remove the old thick grease. For example, Explore Scientific has replaced the servo motors in the standard G-11 with stepper motors to more precisely control the motor rate to .01 arc seconds per second. The procedure is more or less the same due to the way the mount was constructed. Click the link below for answers to your many questions: http://hosted.comm100.com/knowledgebase/Category.aspx?id=5000000&siteid=56501, Click Here to Download the Programmers Manual. Before you start working on the mount make sure you are prepared. Created specifically for the PMC-Eight, the ExploreStars app streamlines the observing experience and serves as an ideal introduction to the many benefits of our OpenGOTO system. The result is complete access to the coding that drives the PMC-Eight OpenGOTO. Below overview in images shows merely how I undertook the process of taking apart both RA and Dec axis, cleaning and relubing and then putting everything back together. The free ExploreStars application can be downloaded from the Windows app store onto your Windows 10 tablet or PC or from the link below for Android Tablets. Unscrew the small metal tubes to the left and right of the motor. Man, those Titans and 200's are huge ! Designed specifically for the PMC-Eight, the intuitive ExploreStars app will streamline your observing experience by making it easy to align your equipment, navigate the stars and learn specifics about tens of thousands of celestial objects. We do, however, reserve the right to advise you of any errors prior to processing your invoice. We also offer one of, if not the only ASCOM compatible wireless driver on the market. Clean all washers with petrol in the small tin lid. Since the weather here (Italy) has been really, but really, miserable, I was forced into a cleaning mood. View of the needle ring bearings inside the dec housing. Dry well before reassembly. A small lid to clean washers in and some old toothbrushes for scrubbing of the smaller parts and needle bearings. There were some growing pains early on, but I'm very happy with the mount and its performance. Another modification is the use of helical couplers on each axis ($175 value on each axis) to provide more reliable operation and higher performance by connecting the worm and motor more securely in the RA and DEC axes. I use this grease because temperature does not influence the properties of the grease, in other words it will not thicken when getting cold. As soon as preparations are finished we can get to work on the Dec axis. Looking through the dec housing. Launch the ExploreStars App on your device and give the device a minute or two to upload the Celestial Database. As with Dec everything is now loosened and you can gently remove the RA housing from the mount. To start using ExploreStars, download the free app by clicking the logo above and load it to your Android device, and also download the celestial data set that contains the astronomical catalogs, reference images, and reference text. (Yes I know some cables are still attached in below image . Click Here to download the ASCOM Driver and ASCOM Info. With clutches released and counterweight bar missing the mount will be top heavy and slam down – worst case scenario: it will crash into motor and motorhousing causing substantial damage !! For Losmandy Mounts, Dovetail Systems and Gemini Systems . In an unprecedented move, we have made the coding that powers our precision motion control system open source. No need to remove the polar scope knob plug in the middle of the housing. For example, Explore Scientific has replaced the servo motors in the standard G-11 with stepper motors to more precisely control the motor rate to .01 arc seconds per second. You should be able to move the wheel by turning the oldham coupler without resistance, make sure you minimise any play between the wormblock and wormwheel without overtightening ! To fully unlock the potential of this controller, Explore Scientific has adopted an open-source approach -- meaning that Explore Scientific freely provides documentation for the controller and example software demonstrating how the controller's features can be utilized.