Quote:I have had the CGE for around 2 months. twice now, after having it work just fine for about an hour, it just locked up and none of the buttons would work. I turned it off and on several times and the word"initializing" would try to appear and then disappear. I checked the voltage at the plug at 14.9 volts. Spread the center pin on the mount and checked the two phillips screws. I plugged the HC into an Aux port, but finally had to manually move the scope to Home position. Turned it off and went to bed. The next morniing I turned it on and it worked fine. The next evening it locked up while trying to do an alignment. Nothing worked so I fired up the NEX remote on the computer and started an alignment with that and the HC started workiing fine and did so for the next 3 hours. Any ideas?
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Quote:Rod------are you talking about the connection on the pier or the connection on the HC itself. I wiggeled everything around that I could and got no response. Its odd that it would start working again after I used the Nexremote.!!
Quote:Dr Buck:Does it lock up in both RA and Dec directions? One common failure are the limiting switches breaking contact. I had this problem, which was periodic and drove me nuts. When I found the problem I fixed it by depressing the switches so they make contact better. Daryl
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Quote:I am interested in this switch problem as I've read about it several times... what are the symptoms? are they always the same or does it vary depending on the when and where?
Quote:Dr Buck:I really am suspecting you have a faulty HC. If there is a way to check it with another scope, such as at a scope dealer, then you would know. I'm sure Celestron would replace it. Daryl
Quote:Dr Buck;If you end up needing to buy a new HC, Starizona.com has them in stock at the same price as Celestron and deliver quickly. I just got one from them because I had an older version that was not flash programmable.Daryl