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CharlesW
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Reged: 11/02/12

Loc: Chula Vista & Indio, CA
Power Pin
      #5550235 - 12/02/12 12:08 PM

I hope I'm not being too simplistic but I have read many posts here about Nexstar crashes being related to the power pin. I had the same problem. After splitting the pin everything was fine but I was looking for a trick way to secure the power cord to the fork arm to relieve the stress on the connector. After pondering this for a couple of days my wife just grabbed the cord and tied it around the fork handle with an overhand knot. Problem solved and no stress on the connector.

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Koen Dierckens
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Reged: 11/04/09

Loc: Antwerp, Belgium
Re: Power Pin new [Re: CharlesW]
      #5550330 - 12/02/12 01:17 PM

Quick 'n dirty.

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Gastrol
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Reged: 11/04/11

Loc: los angeles
Re: Power Pin new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5550479 - 12/02/12 02:43 PM

That's exactly the first thing I did when I got my CPC, immediately upon noticing how vulnerable that pin arrangement looked.

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mclewis1
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Reged: 02/25/06

Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
Re: Power Pin new [Re: CharlesW]
      #5550493 - 12/02/12 02:58 PM

Yes, quick and simple solution. Just be sure that you don't get the cord wrapped up during a long slew. You don't want it pulled tight (bad for both the cable and the scope's clutches and motors).

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MikeBOKC
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Reged: 05/10/10

Loc: Oklahoma City, OK
Re: Power Pin new [Re: CharlesW]
      #5550938 - 12/02/12 07:58 PM

This power pack from Starizona is the ultimate cord wrap cure:

http://starizona.com/acb/Starizona-Power-Pack-II-P3398C119.aspx

Rides right on top of the mount and never a worry about stretched cords or bent pins. One of the most useful accessories for my CPC.


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Cellofan
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Reged: 06/22/07

Loc: Venice - Italy
Re: Power Pin new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5551008 - 12/02/12 08:46 PM

I replaced the power jack with a microphone jack 3-pin with a button fastening of a famous company internazopnale of equipment for radio amateurs.

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Brian RisleyModerator
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Reged: 09/04/06

Loc: SW Florida
Re: Power Pin new [Re: Cellofan]
      #5552481 - 12/03/12 05:39 PM

I always do that. It moves the cord well away from the base and tripod legs, so it doesn't catch on much.
Brian


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poppachris
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Reged: 03/02/11

Loc: Louisiana
Re: Power Pin new [Re: Brian Risley]
      #5598156 - 12/31/12 03:10 PM

I use a strip of Velcro to support the cord from the Fork arm. Works great! And I can sucure other cords at the same time, like Dew Heater power, camera USB, etc.

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JoeR
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Reged: 03/07/10

Loc: Columbus, OH
Re: Power Pin new [Re: poppachris]
      #5598281 - 12/31/12 04:09 PM

I loop it through the fork arm handle along with the dew heater. I’ve broken a couple cords in the past on the landing pad but now I set the cordwrap function “off” and watch it carefully, holding the power supply on long slews. It’s a risk but juts too annoying when you’re observing something in the North and the mount wants to take you on a slow virtually 360° slew around to another object that’s almost right next to it.

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