Scout72 is my 1972 International Scout 4x4 Some Scopes, Some Binocs, and Some Mounts, and a much shorter signature
Quote:Just wondering if it is user error or the order I am doing something...I have been using this mount more recently and have this reoccurring frustrating problem that I can't figure out...After polar aligning, 2 star aligning and calibrating with 3-4 stars, I goto a few objects, everything is fine- I goto a planet, the gotos are slightly off with high mags so then I hit "undo" buton so I am on the main menu- I hit the "align" button to sync on the planet. I then decide to look at another planet- I click on the "planet" button and I get " WARNING, database has no viewable items withing filter limits" and it won't even list the original planet I was viewing. The other list type items appear, but the planets are gone and i have to restart the mount (power on/off) to get the list back. I am on hc 4.12Thanks for any helpBC
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Climbing Stars Obs 4.2 Suburban skies
Quote:I have this mount and noted it loosened up after about 5 months of use. I could actually grab the OTA and twist it 2-3 degrees in each axis. It became real apparant after a meridian flip that something was off because it seemed to loose alignment. So I took off those plastic covers and saw the bracket that holds the (seemingly undersized) motor came loose on one axis, and a different bracket loosened on the other. Once it was back together everything was fine but I did learn the second time I did this that "tighter isn't always better". In other words I tightened it up too much and my power tank suddenly didn't have enough juice for a long slew. And what a squeal the mount made!
George N Obsession 20 Optical Guidance Systems 10" F/9 R-C Cass 6" F/5 & 8" F/8 home-made Newts Explore Scientific 127mm ED MI-250 mount Denk II bino-viewer, with PowerX and Newt reducer, Member, International Dark-Sky Association
Quote:well, other unrelated questions- what is the correct way to enter an SAO number? My controller seems to have a mind of it's own when I try to put on in and does not reflect the numbers that I am inputting? Also- in general, even though the calibration corrects for this for the most part- how much error is introduced by errors in lat/lon? Specifically, I am too lazy to input my exact lat/lon sometimes when I move observing locations but the hand controller database has cities with a few miles of my locations (say 5 miles for example) with 2 calib stars I seem to be getting accurate enough gotos for visual ,just curious as how much error is being calibrated away? ThanksBC