Quote: I getting alternating DeC-connection error and RA-connection error. The mount refuses to move.
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Quote:Quote: I getting alternating DeC-connection error and RA-connection error. The mount refuses to move.
Heinz, just food for thought. My small power tank went low on charge tonight when I was tracking with the mount.
First my PHD graph went nuts, because the mount didn't have enough voltage to keep tracking.
Then I started getting RA Connection and DEC connection messages, and I couldn't move the mount. My power supply indicator lamp was orange, indicating low voltage.
Swapped in a good Powerstream unit, and all those messages went away.
So, low voltage will trip RA and DEC Connection messages.
Just for info.
Quote:Much better than initially but not as good as your results. But I hope I am still on my way. Do you think there is anything I could do now to reach the performance level of your mount?
Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
C8HD， C9.25 and 10 Dob
Quote:Very impressive little mount indeed!For those of you who have the C8 combo, how do you like it for visual? I've got a C8HD I want to use with this mount for visual mostly if I buy one. Just wanna to know how fast the mount damps the vibration. Thanks
Quote:The scope and finder are only about 6 or 7 pounds but it is 50" long.
Quote:That looks so wrong yet so right.
Quote:I buy all my supplies from Reid Supply, the springs are number S-780 and S-555, but the shipping will kill you unless you're buying in quantity.
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APM 105/650 Travelling Visual Observer
Quote:That sounds rather annoying Heinz. I don't use the mount for visual at all, but only for AP. I've never had a diagonal in any of my otas for over a year.
Quote:How many CW do you use for CN212?
Quote:Dear DesertCrawler,could you tell us the specifications (length at rest, length at maximum compression, diameter of the wires,...) of the new spring sent to you by iOptron.ThanksFrancescoFrancesco
Quote:I want to like and recommend this mount without reservation. However, most people are probably not prepared to treat it like a kit, nor should they be expected to do so. For those willing and able to spend the time to get it working correctly, it can be a great instrument. It would appear that some combination of design and manufacturing process needs to be adjusted. Either way, iOptron need s to take care of those that shelled out nearly $1,000 for the mount yet remain unable to use it the way it was intended.
Quote:If the payload is well balanced, shouldn't the spring have minimum effect?Jay
Clear Skies, RandyC
Quote:Mine worked out of the box. Yes, there was play in the RA axis and I was skeptical too. But when the motor boards started working, the play disappeared. Sometimes it takes a little time before it is totally gone and I am not sure what the firmware algorithm is. They have designed the system so there is protection of the motors. It doesn't necessarily disappear right away, only after some running or maybe after alignment. I have never found the play to interfere with goto accuracy or tracking. I am not sure what the exact algorithm is and maybe Ioptron would share. The only inaccuracy is after a meridian flip or spring slippage.
CPC 9.25Magnificent 50MM SSAGCelestron SkyMaster 15X70
Gary Honis Modded Canon 1100D (T3)Nikon D800
Quote:I just took mine out for a longer AP session two nights ago.The only alteration to mine was adding electrical tape on the encoder caps.I set it up, polar aligned, and aimed at M31. I set my D800's intervalometer for 30 2minute exposures, left it and went to watch TV. When I got back, I had 30 perfectly tracked exposures. No signs of trailing and M31 stayed in the exact place throughout all exposures.I will caveat and say I believe mine is a more recent build, as I had purchased it in September and had a little wait time for it to come in.No problems with my tension knobs. No slippage. Still have cross-talk every now and then, but while outside I can barely hear it.I am happy with my choice of this instead of the AVX, which seems to have just as many issues. For me, the selling point is the polar alignment, which is by far the easiest I have ever seen.