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39 minutes ago, Scopeman said:

Hi,

 

Has anyone replaced the altitude bolt that comes with the SW EQ^R Pro at all and if so where did you get it from?

 

Cheers,

 

Andy.

I don't have the EQ6 R, but I have the EQ6 Pro, which has the same useless alt bolt. I replaced the bolt with an Allen head bolt, which takes an 8mm allen wrench, it's not ideal, but beats the standard bolt hands down, and you only use it once a session.

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I replaced my HEQ5 bolts with M10 x 70 hex head bolts which you use a normal spanner with. They work really well. The length is ideal for the UK at 53ish degrees with plenty thread left. Make sure you buy them threaded all the way with no plain portion under the hex head.

Probably exactly the same thread diameter in the EQ6

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12 minutes ago, Scopeman said:

Thanks Terry, ironically the older NEQ6 Pro's diameter is actually smaller, is the HEQ5 is as large as the EQ6R Pro? 

The EQ6 is 10mm. I found an alternative here. All that is needed is a piece of threaded rod the same thread pitch.

 

https://www.wdscomponents.com/en-gb/aluminium-hand-knob-with-polished-finish-female-thread-wds-8172/c-389/p-41228/v-41234

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24 minutes ago, TerryMcK said:

I replaced my HEQ5 bolts with M12 x 70 hex head bolts which you use a normal spanner with. They work really well. The length is ideal for the UK at 53ish degrees with plenty thread left. Make sure you buy them threaded all the way with no plain portion under the hex head.

Probably exactly the same thread diameter in the EQ6

The EQ6 is a 10mm Terry, probably why they bend so easily. I replaced mine with a toughened steel bolt, never had any problems at all. SW must have known about this fault, but still don't resolve it.

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I was referring to my HEQ5Pro which when I double checked is M10. Either way if the EQ6R pro is M12 then it may be a good idea measuring how far the SW screws are inside of the mount for your latitude and then buying hex screws of similar length to replace them with.

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On 10/21/2021 at 5:25 PM, Scopeman said:

Hi,

 

Has anyone replaced the altitude bolt that comes with the SW EQ^R Pro at all and if so where did you get it from?

 

Cheers,

 

Andy.

I replaced mine with one from deepskydad. Not sure if you’ve already sorted a solution (as I’m replying to this a long time after!), but it has made PA SO much easier than that horrible ratchet thing! 
 

https://shop.deepskydad.com/product/skywatcher-eq6-r-pro-altitude-adjustment-knob-replacement/

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I have updated mine on the cheap like Terry McK with some stainless steel hex head bolts. I own the NEQ6 PRO, and it uses the M10 which uses an M10 x 70 on the front and I opted for an M10 x 100 for the rear one as the 70 mm I feel may not be long enough. Not only that, but I am using a 17 mm ratchet spanner to set the bolts, but the ones SW fit are fine for visual usage, but now I need accuracy for the polar align for imaging they were not holding steady and ended up flexing and causing wobble on the scope. I also rounded the end of the bolt to a bullet shape to stop it creating a sharp edge that could crack the casting by being off centre when the pressure is applied. 

 

I would upgrade your EQ6 R to M12 x ??? After measuring them firstly you will see a marked difference and the cost is less than £8. Failing that, you can buy upgrade kits, but they are not that cheap for what is basically parts from office chairs.

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