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waassaabee
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NexRemote 1.7.22 on CGEM puzzling...
      #5516003 - 11/12/12 01:23 PM

I'm getting erratic behavior when using NexRemote 1.7.22. Seems it be fine for a while, then just start drifting on its own.
Does NexRemote flash the MC? Does it care what version MC is loaded? GEM4.22 selection seems really buggy.....


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Re: NexRemote 1.7.22 on CGEM puzzling... new [Re: waassaabee]
      #5516039 - 11/12/12 01:44 PM

Gary,

NexRemote doesn't do anything to the mount other than replace the real hand controller. It doesn't care about the MC version but there is some functionality in the HC firmware that depends on what version MC firmware is loaded (custom rate is one example).

The latest firmware for either the real v4 HC or NexRemote is gem4.21.
There is some beta MC firmware (22.xx) around. I wouldn't be using anything but the released MC firmware (latest is MC 6.17) unless you were really comfortable being a guinea pig and testing firmware with certain bugs.

Assuming a reasonable polar alignment any drift is dependent on the tracking rate in the MCs. Can you determine what direction the drift is? (north/south or east/west, is it always in one direction, and how much over a period of time - say every 5 or 10 minutes?).


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Re: NexRemote 1.7.22 on CGEM puzzling... new [Re: mclewis1]
      #5516100 - 11/12/12 02:20 PM

Thanks Mark!

First off let me understand, NexRemote doesn't care what version MC is loaded.
I should not have any issues with NexRemote 1.7.22, settings CGEM, GEM4.21.

More detail from me: I am also using a Logitech Rumblepad if that might matter.
I do astrophotography, so I'd like to think I have a pretty good polar alignment. It's not the drift that concerns me, but a sudden take off in E-W (uhhh, up-down orientation in PHD). I can have the mount guiding steady, then,BUMP it goes. Also, last night, even though I was guiding, albeit not very smoothly, all frames were trash and the target moved sinificantly in the frame over the course of 4 hours.

As I type this, I'm starting to think I may have a guiding gremlin. I'm trying to remeber if I had these bumps before firing up PHD....


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Re: NexRemote 1.7.22 on CGEM puzzling... new [Re: waassaabee]
      #5516448 - 11/12/12 06:18 PM

Gary,

Quote:

First off let me understand, NexRemote doesn't care what version MC is loaded.
I should not have any issues with NexRemote 1.7.22, settings CGEM, GEM4.21.



Yes, that is correct.

About the rest ...

I can't help you directly but there have been quite a few threads and a lot o postings here and on the Yahoo CGEM forum on the issue of uncontrolled DEC drift when autoguiding.


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Re: NexRemote 1.7.22 on CGEM puzzling... new [Re: mclewis1]
      #5517007 - 11/12/12 11:01 PM

I'm not going to jinx anything by talking about how good things are going right now.....

I unistalled all of my Q-Guider (yes, I STILL use an old Q-Guider) drivers, NexRemote, and dumped some trash.
Ran CCleaner on the resgistry, and cleaned up (3) issues there.
Reboot
Installed Q-Guider drivers, plugged in trusty camera, and finished the install. ..... Hey what's that folder???
Bill's Q-Guider drivers.... on my hard drive....
CMOSdll.dll
I dropped it in PHD.
Installed NexRemote as and Admin this time.
Powered up, ran setups, test frames @10 minutes look good.
Let's see what happens over night.......


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