CG5 Mount stops tracking randomly?
Posted 05 July 2009 - 09:07 PM
What can put the mount into this mode? It seems to start after I slew to a new target and frame it up. I setup my camera timer, and I walk away for an hour just to find out I have a series of rotated/translated photographs.
I've also had this happen once visually while looking at a planet. In the middle of the night the target just flies out of view and the mount gave no warning that it was giving up.
Ideas? Do these things need to be rebooted after a few hours? Could I be trying to slew past some meridian? I am a new guy to GEMs so it must be something obvious I'm missing.
Posted 05 July 2009 - 09:23 PM
What are you using to power the mount, AC adapter or power tank? It could be that if it's a power tank, the voltage is dropping to a point that the mount becomes unhappy and won't function properly.
Does it just stop tracking or does the power go out? If the power is going off, then check your plug/socket. Check the cables to make sure they aren't pulling.
If you've done all of these things, then we'll have to hear from some real mount experts.
Posted 06 July 2009 - 03:23 AM
Posted 06 July 2009 - 03:41 AM
Tonight while trying to slew to something the thing totally rebooted (or at least, the handset had the "welcome, press enter to align" startup screen) and it aimed at some random spot on the sky.
What the heck is going on with this thing. Is this the quality I should expect from a CGEM mount or CGE? 99% of the time it works great, but the glitches in the system are kinda annoying.
I do have the latest firmware, for whatever that is worth.
ibase, I will check the power plug, but the part of the mount where the power plug attaches doesn't move during a goto so it should be fine. It's pretty snug as it is.
David, I think it was in fact when it was horizontal....it could be thinking it was going to hit the mount. Thats a good point. Should there be some sort of warning on the handset that its hitting such a limiter?
Posted 06 July 2009 - 04:00 AM
I had a similar problem , bticed it year on a secondhand CG5 I bought from a chap in the UK ,turned out the RA worm wheel was bent so a replacement worm wheel was required , this solved my problem pretty much though I do still notice there is some free play in the RA drive (a fraction of a mm), I think there is a missing holding screw.
Posted 06 July 2009 - 05:09 AM
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