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Thanks for the report Dave. I've ordered mine now. Just waiting for MoonLite's shop to reopen.

Have you tried doing a meridian flip yet? I'm wondering if the rotator adjusts the angle during a flip?
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Old 31-12-2017, 10:24 AM
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Thanks for the report Dave. I've ordered mine now. Just waiting for MoonLite's shop to reopen.

Have you tried doing a meridian flip yet? I'm wondering if the rotator adjusts the angle during a flip?
Good question Peter. No I haven't. I must give it a go.
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Old 31-12-2017, 11:05 AM
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Dave, out of curiosity, did you have to set any backlash compensation with yours?
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Old 31-12-2017, 11:08 AM
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Dave, out of curiosity, did you have to set any backlash compensation with yours?
Hi Lee, No I didn't set any backlash comp.. At this stage I haven't seen any obvious backlash. Perhaps the preloaded bearings deal with the issue.
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Old 31-12-2017, 11:10 AM
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That's very interesting. I had to set up several hundred steps worth of compensation on mine (I think 600 seemed to do the trick from memory). Wonder if that's related to the more serious issue I encountered later.
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That's very interesting. I had to set up several hundred steps worth of compensation on mine (I think 600 seemed to do the trick from memory). Wonder if that's related to the more serious issue I encountered later.

Did Ron advise a backlash setting ?

I was out a few weeks back with good seeing and I got a nice symetrical v-curve grpah when focusing with SGP pro. I presume if there was large backlash issue the v graph wouldn't be symetrical. The graph was poor earlier on in the evening when the atmosphere was still cooling down.
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Cheers Dave.

Ron didn't advise one, I never asked him about it. I was getting an asymmetrical graph with warnings that the HFR after the focus run wasn't ideal. I used to get the same with my DIY focuser automation which had significant backlash, so I tried adjusting that, which seemed to largely negate the issue. The LiteCrawlers aren't supposed to have backlash but to be honest I didn't really care as long as it worked, but now that I hear yours didn't suffer the same issue, I wonder if it was another symptom of whatever underlying cause that triggered the complete failure of the in-out movement.
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The LiteCrawler is on its way back to me, after being back with Ron for a week. Apparently the crimp on the cable between the encoder and the focus knob failed. We're not entirely sure how that caused PC control to fail, but apparently everything's working fine now that the cable was fixed and it's on its way home.
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It's back and working perfectly.
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Good to hear. Hoping mine arrives next week.
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It's back and working perfectly.
Good to hear. You must be excited?

Good service from Ron as usual?
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Good to hear. Hoping mine arrives next week.
Good stuff Peter, I'm sure you'll enjoy. Great bit of kit.

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Good to hear. You must be excited?

Good service from Ron as usual?
Ron's service is always excellent, can never fault him! Even with the issue mine had I'm not unhappy with my purchase. I don't think there's anything comparable on the market at this price point and it really is an excellent product.
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Got a note from Ron today. Mine is all finished and on its way.
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What is the difference between Nite and Lite......crawler?
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What is the difference between Nite and Lite......crawler?
The litecrawler is thinner and less weight. Focus travel is .3" vs 1" for the Nitecrawler.
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Nitecrawler can carry a lot more weight too. The litecrawler is designed for a lower payloads. Something to consider when buying either. I bought the nitecrawler because I have an STXL with AOX to use on the RC. It is a very heavy camera and the litecrawler would not have handled the weight according to Ron.
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Old 29-01-2018, 08:26 PM
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Yep the LiteCrawler is designed for 12 pounds carrying capacity. The nitecrawler is designed for up to 25 pounds. The difference is the distance between the bearings since the LiteCrawler is thinner to maximise backfocus. My qsi683ws8 (which is a heavy camera) weighs about 1.6kg so 12 pounds should be more than enough margin for me.

There is only one litecrawler model (2.5") but the nitecrawler comes in 2.5, 3 and 3.5" drawtube diameter versions.
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How exciting!
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Be interested to hear how you go Peter. Sounds like an helpful addition to your set-up-at-home rig.

Nite crawler, lite crawler - the next one will have to be the "Nite stalker"?
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