[NOTE: I wrote this once already and it didnt show up so if its duplicate to an existing post please understand that this was the reason... ]
I have an LX200 GPS and its permanently mounted in an outreach observatory. Firmware is 4.2G on the autostarII controller and the GPS rollover bug has been corrected using StarPatch.
I have 3 problems that have surfaced in short order just last night after two years of working fine...
1) After retrieving the GPS fix, the Time is one hour AHEAD of my local time. I have done this several times and it is now one hour ahead every time.
2) When I shut dpwn for the night and park the telescope, I would normally unpark on the next clear night and go and everything is still remembered and alignment is still just fine. NOW however when I unpark it doesnt remember the alignment but doesnt say I need to realign either. It just goes on as if nothing happened. I have to realign or sync now every time. Not good for a remote observatory.
3) When I start up it would normally say welcome to autostar and then "Initializing Smart Drive" comes up on the controller. Now it just gets the GPS fix which is wrong as above, and doesnt ever do the smart drive initialization any longer.
I have RA PEC ON and Dec PEC ON. Confirmed. It only does the Dec initialization. I have no idea why this is doing this now.
4) When I take pictures for 20 seconds I get the result now as shown below in the attachment. This has NEVER happened. I have no idea why I am getting two separate and distinct images. The error is in RA. I have routinely taken images for 30 seconds with NO error. Now I get this double set of images with as little as 15 seconds... Scope has NO extra weight on it. NO need to counterbalance anything. Cords and cables are hanging as they always have with NO hangups or wrapped cords anywhere..
If anyone has any ideas about any of these issues let me know.
Edited by fxmodels, 09 July 2019 - 01:32 PM.