Quote:WIth the power connect to the motors will the mount automatically rotated i.e. to compensate for the earths rotation? That is without any buttons pressed?I understand that I can press the hand controller buttons and slew at 2x 8x and 16x but I was under the impression that if left it, it would automatically compensate for the Earths rotation. I have left is switched on for around half an hour now and cannot see any movement.
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Quote:The N/Off/S switch acts as a power switch as well as controller for the directions of the motors. When the EQ6 Hand Control is turned on and all buttons are depressed, the R.A. motor will rotate at the proper speed to compensate for the earth's rotation. The Dec. axis does not automatically rotate. When the mount is correctly polar aligned, you only need to turn the R.A. slow-motion to follow or track objects as they move through the field. The Dec. control is not needed for tracking.
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Quote:Well thats just it, I cannot hear anything unless the buttons are pressed. If I had known that this was going to be an issue I would have held off purchasing and waited to get the HEQ5pro or EQ6 instead :-(
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Quote:Hey Uncle Rod, thanks for the response. Given what you have said I think there possibly is a problem. I have had it switched on now for over an hour and the RA circle still reads 0. I think I will try it outside, on the next clear night (whenever that will be) and maybe try some different batteries.
Quote:SynScan does NOT perform siderial tracking UNLESS and alignment is completed OR the setup menu is used to turn on tracking without an alignment. It's fooled me a few times doing daylight solar/lunar tracking; I have to start the tracking manually if I don't do an alignment.Check the hand controller under Setup, Tracking, and see if there is a ">>" next to siderial. If not, you'll need to start it to see anything.
Quote:Its funny, although the standard HEQ5 mount doesnt mention anything about setting the mount to track I did wonder if that was the case and tried pressing several different button combinations to see if that would start it but nothing happened.
Quote:Thanks Jim,It was just the standard HEQ5 that I had purchased, not the syntrek. It is however going back and I am going to get the syntrek version. I sat and read the Syntrek user guide last night and I am glad I did as the process described above is explained - the fact you have to actually set it to track. The manual for the standard HEQ5 doesnt mention anything about setting the hand controller to track!
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