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Strip Down and Cleaning of the Declination Axis

Synta EQ6 / Orion Atlas – Stripping & Cleaning the Declination (DEC) Axis

This procedure will guide you in stripping down and cleaning the EQ6/Atlas Declination axis. Re-assembly of the Declination axis is covered HERE.

To carry out this procedure you will need a good assortment of tools including cross head and Phillips screwdrivers, a rubber or nylon mallet, a soft toothbrush,
degreasing agent, metric Allen keys, long nosed pliers, lots of lint free cloths and lithium grease.
I found commercial degreasing agents somewhat ineffective and resorted to using good old hot soapy water. Lithium grease is easily available from shops
selling bicycles. Its also advisable to have a large soft towel or similar to lay the mount on while working on it to protect its external finish.

I would strongly advise you do not attempt this procedure without reading it through a few times in advance to understand the process. The procedure takes
around 4 hours from top to bottom (but read the observations at the bottom of this page) unless you are very confident of what you are doing and have exactly the right tools.
Its definitely best to have someone around to help you with some elements of it – remember take your time and when in doubt STOP and THINK.
Take a break when tired because you don’t want to bodge anything.

The DEC and RA worm gear adjustment process required after re-assembly can be quite lengthy as its very much trial and error so bear this in mind before
starting and allow plenty of time to carry out the procedure – it will pay dividends in terms of smooth and precise running and longevity of the mount.

Stage 1 – Stripping the Dec Axis
Stage 2 – Stripping the Worm Carrier
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