Right Ascension Motor Drive


This short guide will help you properly install the Motor Drive to your Equatorial Telescope Mount.

You will need a Phillips-head screwdriver and a flat-head screwdriver.

Once your motor drive is assembled and ready to go, the rest is up to you. Learning astronomy is all the fun anyhow! So let’s get started . . .


First, install the batteries in your motor drive.

  • Step 1

    Remove the large gear shown in Figure 1 below. You will need a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screw. Then, to remove the gear, you will have toPULL HARD.

  • Step 2

    Next, remove the large flat head bolt also shown in Figure 1 below.Remove the large gear shown in Figure 1 below. You will need a flat-head screwdriver to remove the screw.

    Figure 1 — Remove the gear and bolt as shown.

  • Step 3

    Attach the mounting bracket to the motor drive.

  • Step 4

    Then, attach the motor drive to the telescope mount as shown in Figure 2, securing it with the flat-head bolt. You will notice that the right ascension control rod has a flattened section in the rod. The set screw on the motor presses against this flat section of the control rod. In this way, when the motor turns, it causes the mount to rotate as well.

    Figure 2 — Attach the motor as shown.

  • Step 5

    You’re finished. Another view of the assembled motor is shown below. Use the “N / S” switch to set the motor to work in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, depending on where you live.

    Figure 3 — Side view of motor properly attached to mount.

Thanks again for your business. We hope you enjoy your new motor drive!