NEQ6 Modification Kit – Astroniklas

NEQ6 Modification Kit - Astroniklas


May 25

And finally it’s here! I just received the final few pieces for modifying the whole mount. The kit was purchased from Rowan Astronomy, and I truly can’t wait to begin the modernization in my mount’s tracking capabilities. The NEQ6 Pro mount has served me faithfully for over 10 years now and it’s time it gets some tuning and new gears to keep up the new gadgets that its going to carry around while tracking.

I’ll try and post the steps in a guide/tutorial over time with lots of photos and “lessons learned” from this journey


The fascination of star gazing had already started during the very first years of my childhood. I was looking up at the night sky with my grandfather every summer night, studying constellations, the phases of the moon cycle, counting satellite passages and by using his binoculars to discover globular clusters of stars. Equipped with star maps from his home-library I was gradually discovering more and more of this fascinating world we call universe.
Even though years went by, the interest and fascination of cosmos had never left me… I found myself occupied with many other things before astronomy finally became my main hobby in recent years.

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden 1979 and grew for the most part of my childhood years in Greece. Later I’ve studied physics at Lund’s university and was hoping to continue with astronomy. At my free time I was an active amateur astronomer in South Sweden, Lund. At some point I was also appointed as chief of observatory for the Tycho Brahe Astronomy Society in Lund.

Circumstances in life led me to move with my family to California. Today I’m working as a sofrware developer within the aviation industry and weather systems for airports. During my off-time, I spend most of my time with my wife Melissa and our daughters.

My main hobbies are astronomy, astrophotography, game development and I was also a member of several astronomy societies in south Sweden but time was never enough to continue being an active member.

This blog is dedicated to my family (Melissa, Vanita and Lena Grace), our friends and to all of you who share the same fascination towards the beauty of this science and all the mysteries yet to be revealed by our constant discoveries!


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