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rg55
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Power problem with CG-5
      #3601064 - 02/02/10 09:13 PM

Hi folks,

I'm looking for information on why my beloved CG-5/C8 would not power up last night. It was clear and great seeing, Mars was high in the East, and...the mount was dead. No imaging that night. I checked the power supply and it had the little green light on, but the HC display would not light up and there was no other sign of power. Is there information available for troubleshooting?

Thanks for any help! Would like to give Mars another go if I can.

Richard


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Aaron Turner
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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: rg55]
      #3601112 - 02/02/10 09:38 PM

You say the light on the power supply was on, but what about the light on the mount? I would suspect either the cable/connector from the power supply to the mount, or the switch on the mount. I've heard elsewhere that the switch can become unreliable over time (contacts wear off).

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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: Aaron Turner]
      #3601155 - 02/02/10 10:05 PM

Yes, the power switch is a frequent point of failure. Exercising it 5 or 10 times (with NO power connected!) will usually clean it sufficiently for a temporary fix.

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mclewis1
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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #3601812 - 02/03/10 09:31 AM

And if doing what John suggests does work and the mount powers up don't use the switch again. Turn it off and on by either using the plug at the scope or at the battery or AC outlet.

There have also been a few threads here (Mounts, or the Nexstar forums) about replacing that power switch.


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Luigi
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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: mclewis1]
      #3602282 - 02/03/10 01:16 PM

If it is the switch, it's easy enough to open the electronics enclosure and solder a jumper across the switch so that it's permanently on. Turn the mount off with a switch on the power supply, in the power cord, or by disconnecting it. You can also replace the switch with a new better one if you're feeling frisky.

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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: rg55]
      #3602725 - 02/03/10 04:13 PM


I was having trouble with my CG5, it kept loseing power in the middle of a session. The problem was the little pin in the hole in the mount that the power supply plugs into. The pin is split in two and the if there is no gap between them you don't get a good contact. I pried the two parts of the plug apart just a hair with a very fine knife and the problem was solved. David


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bebert
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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: dscarpa]
      #3602782 - 02/03/10 04:37 PM

Yes...it's most likely the switch. Been victimized myself a few times. It's now one of the first things I test before I get too far along setting up.

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rg55
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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: Aaron Turner]
      #3603357 - 02/03/10 09:42 PM

Aaron,

I didn't see a light on the mount or on the HC. It's beginning to sound like the switch is the place to start.


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rg55
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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #3603359 - 02/03/10 09:43 PM

Thanks, John, I'll certainly try it! If I can just get through one good long clear night with Mars...

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rg55
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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: Luigi]
      #3603366 - 02/03/10 09:46 PM

Luigi, it just so happens that I have a brother who has been an electrician...this sounds like a possibility. Frankly, I wish there was a better power supply set up with this mount, but I guess that's what imagination and inventiveness is all about.

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rg55
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Re: Power problem with CG-5 new [Re: dscarpa]
      #3603370 - 02/03/10 09:48 PM

David,

If I understand you correctly, I should first look into the hole/receptacle in the mount to see if there is a pin, and if it is split or not?

Thanks,

Richard


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