Quote:2. I started to do 2 star alignment but the stars that it gave me did not correspond to the sky at the time, I had entered the proper coordinates.3. Then I enabled GPS, and tried again, the system recognized GPS since I saw the coordinates and time updated. Still the alignment stars would not list (e.g., Capella).
Quote:5. After a reset, every time I pressed "Enter" to start a type of alignment, the telescope would start slewing (before selecting a star) and it would go all the way until the scope was upside down.6. There was a point were I passed the quickalign, but the scope would do jerks every 10 seconds or so, instead of a steady slew.
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Quote:wow you guys are on a roll with the cgem jokes hahahaha
Quote:Unfortunately it appears that these days it's Celestron's quality that's the joke! I sure hope they turn things around, but it's getting depressing. This isn't a good time to be disappointing consumers when your business depends on their disposable income.Beo
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Quote:+1 on the jokes... -1 on CGEM... So I eliminated all variables by connecting the HC to the mount without anything else, I removed scopes and weights; When it got to the align screen, the declination did a couple of loops, but THIs TIME, I heard loose washers, bolts, and God knows what as it was turning. Unless this is a "new feature" the mount is defective. I called OPT and they said they were out of stock and had 8 orders. I packed the mount and I am waiting a call from them to see where I should ship it.
While I bummed out that I got the dud, I'll probably end up better in the long run, raher happen now than later.
to be continued...
of course the sky is blue with 0 haze. Torture I tell you.
Quote:Hey Uncle Rod,Well, if the quality I'm seeing is representative of the best that Celestron's ever been, then I REALLY made a mistake buying Celestron! The latest chapter in my Celestron woes is that the replacement SkyScout they sent me that actually DOES work, hangs regularly and the only way to power off or reset is to unscrew the battery cover and remove the batteries! After first sending me the directions on flash upgrading mounts and NexStar HCs and suggesting that I try upgrading the firmware, their tech support wants me to send it back AGAIN. Some Christmas present that turned out to be. Maybe for Celestron, but certainly not for me and my family!Beo
Quote:Have ya tried upgrading the firmware?
Quote:They sure don't make mounts like they did in the 70's. All you did was plug in the RA drive and you were set.Chas
Quote:As far as the "nuts and bolts" noise.... you mentioned removing CW and OTA. is it possible that what you were hearing was clutch knobs flopping or perhaps loose dovetail stuff??? Nexremote likes to play alone. Were you using the hand controller at all when using the nexremote? All kinds of funny stuff can happen when you get those two trying to talk to a mount at the same time. I have a hunch you are only a setting, sequence, or question or two away from having THAT mount working perfectly. There are lots of people here who seem willing to help you do that.
Quote:Just send it back, I wouldn't even try to repair it, you paid so much money for it, it should be running perfectly as it is new, just send it in and get another...make the dealer pay the shipping if possible...
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Quote:Bert,Back, who cares about their back? I had the counterweight from a 12.5" F6 Trekkerscope fall out of my van onto my foot back in the mid 80's! Luckily it was very loose sandy soil, or I would have broken it good for sure, and doing that in the middle of the everglades would not have been fun! I used to travel regularly with the Trekkerscope mount and another GEM for a 12" f4 in my van and the only things taken off the mount were the scope and CW's. I used to manhandle those puppies myself. (My dad was a chiropractor, so I could always get an adjustment! ) Wouldn't dream of that today, now my OT C-8 on a tripod or my SPC-8 are enough just to move out of the garage to observe! Boy, age sure deals you bad cards!Brian
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