ETX not slewing... ideas?
Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:40 PM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:55 AM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:50 AM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:23 AM
Radio Shack sells very good contact cleaner, but it is pricey at $11.00 for a small can.
I had an Autostar on an LXD-55 mount do the same thing.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:58 AM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:10 PM
I would be very curious if the poster could try the following:
- turn on the scope with Autostar, tighten the clutches
- Press the 9 key
- press the left arrow key, report if anything happens (motor noise, slewing, no slewing, etc.)
- Do the same with right, up, and down arrow keys
- Go to Setup:Telescope:Calibrate Motor and see whether the scope moves then (calibrate motors should do a small slew in RA and DEC and nothing else)
Please also check whether Setup:Telescope:Telescope Model set to ETX 125? If not, set it to ETX 125 and try again.
If all else fails, you might try to Setup:Reset your Autostar, see whether that fixes the issue.
If this doesn't work, try resetting the Autostar controller
Also, is my understanding correct that when the scope should be slewing, there is no motor sound at all?
Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:43 PM
Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:12 AM
Are you using batteries or an outside power source? Batteries can cause problems.
Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:45 AM
Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:28 PM
Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:33 PM
Posted 30 April 2013 - 12:37 PM
Does the "slewing" message ever go away? If it does, the the autostar is talking to the drive system and it has counted the correct number if "clicks".
Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:39 PM
-I will check the AC Adapter tonight and update
-I removed the hard stop and replaced the internal wiring with an external bungee (so that I have 360 motion)... have used it for years with no issues (I have also checked this cable, and all connectors)
-I am starting home position (modified since there is no hard stop)
-The slewing message never goes away...
Thanks in advance!
Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:01 PM
iOptron CubePro or SmartEq Pro and ETX125 Dovetail from ScopeStuff (if you prefer protability - with a Benro 3580T tripod you'd get an excellent travel package, better than the vanilla ETX125).
Celestron CG-5GT and ETX125 Dovetail from ScopeStuff. Much more stable, still GoTo. More or less nullifies the ultraportable aspect of the ETX125.
Would set you back around 600 USD, but resurrect a great scope.