So frustrated I'm near tears....
Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:37 PM
Longstory short - local craigslist seller I had worked out a deal with. I listed all my stuff for sale, and most is int he process of being sold - so I'm without a scope.
I get there and the scope is setup. Seller comes out to show me the scope... its beautiful.
I ask him if we can go through the alignment, etc... SO I pull out my powertank and we hook it up.
Power on and..... and.... "initializing..."
Check power cord..
Ohh no - check some things online - looks like a motherboard failure..
Plug into car AC
Adjust power plug "split" for good contact...
Take scope inside... AC power.
I walked away...
The worst part?
Its just over 1 year old... and he pitched the packaging.. I told him I really dont want to deal with the warranty, especially without original packaging. I will call celestron and see if they will sell a replacement motherboard... if so, he may take less to cover that cost.... but I think this deal is dead.
I'm SSSSOOOOOOOOOOO upset... Man... I just dont really know what to do.
I could buy the scope as-is for a song... but I dontwant to deal with shipping it. I am very technically capable in electronics - is it worth trying to see if celestron will sell me a motherboard?
What should I do?
I have $2000 and no scope... and I really wanted to get into serious AP... I was planning on getting this and a fastar.. But I have had to sell everything I own to get this far.
man... nights like tonight I really just could cry...
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:10 PM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:17 PM
Ohh well... too good to be true I suppose... man that bums me out.
The search continues...
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:19 PM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:19 PM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:35 PM
I may see about going down there and popping the covers, and reseating everything to see if that helps. Its worth a try anyways...
Sorry for the pity party, but you knwo how it is - all pumped up and ready to try out a new scope and then .... bam... nothing.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:39 PM
It HAD worked just before I arrived. He said he set it up, aligned it, and was slewing around looking at the moon and such. He turned it off shortly before I arrived...
Maybe it is a condensation issue..
I just sent him an email to see if I can drop by and pop the covers to reseat all the internal cabling... and have another go at it...
Maybe I'll get lucky.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:09 AM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:21 AM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:13 AM
He updated the software and its working again!!! I'm making plans to go over this afternoon...
Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:16 AM
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:08 PM
Scope is awesome - most accurate goto I have used to date. I saw the Blue Snowball for the first time tonight.
I'm selling everything that isnt nailed down to try and get a hyperstar for this beauty.
She is mounted in the dome and I put her to bed a short while ago.
I assume all is fine with keeping her out there in the winter months, correct? I always use a waterproof cover, and my dome doesnt leak so its just a CYA measure.
Anything I should worry about. I just put it in hibernate mode and pulled the plug like I did with my CG5.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:17 PM
Congrats on the new scope. BTW, one of the best upgrades to my CPC1100 is the dual speed feathertouch focuser. Of course you will soon have it all tricked out in many ways.
Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:46 PM
I can't wait for M42!! I had an old Ultima 11 about two years ago, and that was something I had missed. I'm sure the XLT will be that much better...
Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:56 AM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:24 PM
I probably will do a wedge at some point, to be honest..
Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:02 PM
It's just like bringing a new puppy home for the first night. About 2 .m. you will hear it whining "I want to see M42!" Which will look stunning in you 11 by the way.
This is so funny - I was all set to go to bed at 11:30, and then I noticed jupiter high in the sky, so out I went for another 30 minutes... came out of hibernate and found it first try...
If you don't have an OBS, man its is cool to be able to do that at a moments notice.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:43 PM