AstronomyUkraine Posted May 3, 2021 Share Posted May 3, 2021 I had everything set up for an evenings imaging, when near disaster struck. I was in the process of polar aligning the mount, and was just giving the lower latitude bolt a final tweak. Immediately I felt something was not right, there was no tension on the bolt, it was turning too easily, next moment the telescope shot forward, luckily I had hold of it, and it was securely in the saddle. What happened, the latitude bolt had stripped the threads in the mount. My solution is to drill the hole with a 10mm drill, and tap a new thread to take a 90mm x 12mm x 1.50 class 10.9 bolt. I will replace both of the crappy skywatcher latitude bolts. I dread to think what could have happened had the bolt give way during slewing or imaging. I'm not very happy, but it could have been a lot worse, and a more expensive fix. Brian 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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