CGEM Not Tracking
Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:53 AM
Any advice? Thanks!
Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:37 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 09:51 AM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 01:14 PM
Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:26 AM
Can anyone recommend a specific battery they've used? Or, is there some sort of voltage regulator I can buy to get back to 12V
Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:31 AM
Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:16 PM
Posted 12 September 2012 - 02:55 PM
If your battery is new, and fully charged, but in a 'rest state', you should see 12.8vdc in an open circuit test.
The CGEM current draw while tracking is ~300 milliamps. The CGEM may draw as much as 1,100 milliamps (1.1 amps) while slewing both axes. You should be able to run the CGEM by itself on your 85 AH battery for several nights before the resting voltage of the battery drops to ~12.4 vdc. There are all kinds of battery tutorials on the web. Some are even understandable!
Check the accuracy of your meter first.
Clear, Dark, and Steady
Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:25 PM
Thanks again for the input into my problem.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:37 PM
Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:50 AM
Could there be an issue with my laptop and all the software I use with the mount? I use ASCOM, Stellarium Scope, Stellarium, PHD, BYEOS and I've been messing around with Astrotortilla. The resetting of the alignment almost sounds like a power issue but could the tracking "falling asleep" issue be related to power even though the mount remains getting steady power from the battery? I use a good battery, a Die Hard 12vdc 950amp 40ah that I keep fully charged and only has the mount plugged in it.
Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:32 AM
Posted 12 September 2013 - 11:49 AM
When you say you had the same happen, are you talking about the tracking issue or the restring issue? And which ever issue you're talking about, you say the hand controller connection was poor, do you mean at the mount? And what happened?
Posted 12 September 2013 - 11:32 PM
I was addessing
...but this time something new happened, after the tracking issue started to plague me again I looked at the hand controller and it said press enter to begin alignment. The mount was turned on and receiving power the entire time yet my alignment was reset,
This is what would happen if power flickered. You may have multiple problems or just one. I'd attack the power issue and then see what else is going on.