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#1 Telaeus

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:19 PM

Hey folks. I think I may have a defective mount, but I wanted to check here to see what people think. I've never owned a tracking mount before and want to make sure I'm not messing anything up.

I followed the instructions as far as setting up the mount, mounting the OTA, balancing, etc. When I get to the alignment phase, I set everything up, pointed north, etc... then selected two-star alignment.

No matter what star I select, it slews "sideways" (whatever the technical term would be - as if using the left/right slew arrows), and then stops. It never moves as if the north/south slew buttons were used. It sits there saying it's slewing to whatever star I tried. Also, manually using the slewing buttons works east/west but not north/south. Not even motor noise.

I do see the buttons are registering that I'm pushing them (it seems to display the motor speed in the top right when you push them).

Bad mount, or is there anything I could be doing wrong that wouldn't let me manually slew north/south or even have motor noise?

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#2 jrcrilly

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:55 PM

Is it possible that you forgot to install the dec motor cable?

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:44 PM

You see... that's why I decided to write here. Because I know enough to know I screw up sometimes. Next time I'll try it with the cable installed. lol.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:46 PM

You see... that's why I decided to write here. Because I know enough to know I screw up sometimes. Next time I'll try it with the cable installed. lol.

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I'm glad that's all it was. Bear in mind that much of the time, when we know an easy operator-error answer, it's because we have done it ourselves! ;)






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