Sphinx SXD - noisy drive or normal?
Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:12 AM
How loud should the drive noise be on a Sphinx SXD?
The mount seems to work flawlessly. Go-to is great. Tracking dead on. When it slews it sounds like a normal slewing sound. Just a soft whiring sound.
But, when the mount just tracks along it sounds like a tiny coffee grinder chugging away or maybe a aquarium motor buzz. It's not really loud but you can definately hear it when sitting there with the scope.
All my previous Vixen mounts have been virtually silent except maybe some soft clicking from the old SP.
Our own Fred here on CN, the original owner, mentioned the mount will not be silent and clicks along but it just seems louder to me than I'm used to. I just hope I'm not destroying anything!!
Posted 03 April 2009 - 12:46 PM
But in the webpage, Vixen said, if you upgrade to V.2.1 the sound is more normal.
Posted 03 April 2009 - 01:52 PM
Posted 03 April 2009 - 02:26 PM
Posted 03 April 2009 - 02:39 PM
My Vixen Sphinx in tracking mode sort of ticks and creaks like door being opened in some horror movie, it is really quite a low level but outside in the quiet of the night it sounds worse than it really is.
Posted 03 April 2009 - 03:46 PM
Posted 03 April 2009 - 04:36 PM
Is that a picture of your 6" on the SXD on your avitar?!!
I am impressed if it is. I was shocked at how easy it takes the bulk of the TEC in stride. Almost everyone I spoke to said no way would this work even visually. But, there were a few here on CN that stated as big or even bigger scopes riding on it with no problem.
Vixen has always built good stuff. Just wish this drive were a little quieter myself. Seems this is one of the trade offs.
Posted 03 April 2009 - 05:02 PM
Posted 03 April 2009 - 05:36 PM
I believe the original owner did advise he already updated to 2.1 already. Is there a quick way I can check the firmware level?
Yes -- on the Starbook screen when it comes on, you can scroll down and select "My Starbook" (I think) and it will tell you the version you're running.
Posted 03 April 2009 - 05:53 PM
My tracking is very good and the goto usually lands the object on my camera chip most times.
Posted 04 April 2009 - 01:46 AM
Thanks everybody for calming my fears. Seems the Sphinx coffee grinder will live on just fine.