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Quote:Got the CGE on the new pier and started the polar alignment routine. That went ok, so then I went back to redo the alignment... did a 2 star with 2 calibration stars and that was fine... then I tried to slew to Saturn and everything went to pot... the scope slewed around and ended up pointing at the ground. I restarted, redid the alignment, tried the Saturn slew and the dec did a 720 rotation and pointed at the ground... restarted realigned and tried a slew to Regulus, and ended up pointed at the ground again. Finally gave up and set it back to home position... it undid the 720 degree rotation and went home fine. So why would I be able to get a good 2+2 star alignment, but not be able to slew to anything?HELP!CheersTim
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Quote:I'll update both the mount and HC firmware, do a factory reset, and give it another go.Up until last night, it was working great!
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Quote:Quote:I'll update both the mount and HC firmware, do a factory reset, and give it another go.Up until last night, it was working great! I'll bet the reset fixes it. I know that once the cone correction data in my CGE got scrambled and it went wacky until I did the reset.
Quote: I just got a new CGE.What better cables are their han the stock.
Quote: I did suffer from a power interruption in the middle of a slew (tripped over the power cord in the dark), so i don't know what that might have done.
Quote:I just got a new CGE.What better cables are their han the stock.Thanks BOB
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Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
Quote:'out of the box' I dont think there is anything else in the price range / load range that can compete?
Quote:Just got my CGE mount a couple of weeks ago. 2 of 3 inner legs extended to level the mount. First use, the north plastic ring on the bottom started slipping slowly throughout the night - southeast ring OK. Tightened that, second time the north inner leg retracted slowly throughout the night - SE leg OK. I can't believe I have to tighten both so much to prevent slippage. For the plastic rings, I bought three 2 1/16 - 3" stainless steel hose clamps at Lowes for a bit over $3 and put in on over strips of old rubber mouse pad backing. That will fix it. Tape's good but this is better.
Quote:David:Exactly which cable did you buy on the site? I just ordered two sets of the CAT5e Super Flat shielded patch cord, 2" and 3". Hope I ordered the right stuff! Daryl
Quote: - it takes either dedication or lost grey matter to engage in this crazy hobby!
Quote:I've posted my "first light" image in the DSLR forum here .
Quote: I assume that you took 1 min unguided subs and the polar alignment was done with the built-in polar alignment routine. Is that right?
Quote:I made myself an eyepiece tray for the CGE tripod. A lot better then the stock tripod spreader.
Quote:Quote:I made myself an eyepiece tray for the CGE tripod. A lot better then the stock tripod spreader. Very nice... Hey - Randy... guess what I *just* found out back (I was cleaning up and getting my laptop sorted for permanent installation in the warm room and all the other bits/bobs needed to get ready for permanent mounted AP CCD...)... yep, the plastic CGE spreader for YOUR CGE... if you want it let me know and we can arrange something...but, your nice wooden one is way nicer and more functional...Clear enough skies