So, I got a new shiny Skywatcher EQ6R Pro in the mail for Black Friday! I've been able to get it out under the stars only a couple times now. I had some issues with the slewing the first time, and read that when slewing at higher speeds (to objects) sometimes there can be errors due to the fact that the EQ6R becomes pretty power hungry during those. The mount is rated for 12V-16V and I asked someone what the best way to deal with the issue is. I got a voltage booster that changes my 12V DC to 13.5V DC (which I tested via multimeter) and hooked her up. Ran like a dream.
After the night I had everything running smooth, it was pretty dew-y and a lot of thin frost accumulated on most my things. Didn't think twice, the mount was still running and everything was fine when I took everything back in. Now when I plug power in and turn on the mount I hear the mount board whiz up and gives me the very quiet rumble-beep and the light on the side shows that satisfactory power is making it to the mount - awesome. But the hand terminal doesn't light up. Nothing happens with the hand paddle at all. I unplug and re-plug everything, turn it back on, nothing. I then plug the hand terminal into my computer via the USB port on the paddle - lights up immediately, starts initializing. Slews around perfect, and everything is fine. Unplug the computer from the hand paddle - hand terminal powers off. What in the heck is going on?? Did I fry a power conduit from the mount to the paddle or something? Did my voltage booster short out with the frost?? Everything works perfectly - just that weird tick with the hand paddle.
I intend to get a showstring shortly anyway, but if I ever decide to sell this puppy (in the far, far future - this mount is awesome) I want it all working. not to mention I just got it brand new, kinda sucks when you break it off the bat.