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Abort tracking - scope points beyond horizon (except it doesn't)

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#1 wesnikon

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 03:01 PM

I'm facing a strange issue on my EQ6-R Pro with EQDIR adapter, from time to time the tracking stops abruptly because allegedly the scope were pointing below the horizon, when in fact it's pointing up in the sky. There's no pattern to this behavior that I can see. Has anybody here an idea what might be the issue? If you need more details I'd be happy to provide those.



#2 kathyastro

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 03:49 PM

The first thing to check is the date/time/timezone/lat/long information.  Most areas in North America recently went off daylight saving time.  Does the mount know this?


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Posted 10 November 2019 - 05:54 PM

Another idea is to check the power.  Those mounts are noted for not being happy if power drops below 12 volts. My Atlas does that to the point I put an inverter in my power box and run the mount off of A/C.


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#4 wesnikon

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:18 AM

The first thing to check is the date/time/timezone/lat/long information.  Most areas in North America recently went off daylight saving time.  Does the mount know this?

Good catch! I was under the impression that my ASIAIR would sync the data to the mount (UTC+1, no daylight saving), but upon connecting the handset I realized that was not the case. Need to wait for an opportunity to test this now. Thanks for the hint!



#5 wesnikon

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Posted 18 December 2019 - 03:35 PM

Nope, that wasn't the cause. It keeps happening. Sometimes I can shoot for 10 minutes before tracking is turned off, sometimes it takes just 2 seconds. I'm getting tired of this, haven't shot a picture in months.



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Posted 19 December 2019 - 06:43 AM

Its a driver issue. If you google “mount says its parked error and stops sequence”. I suggest you update all your drivers from the Sw global site.
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#7 joshman

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 08:46 PM

Also....just maybe.... your EQDIR cable has gone bad?



#8 wesnikon

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Posted 21 December 2019 - 03:11 AM

Its a driver issue. If you google “mount says its parked error and stops sequence”. I suggest you update all your drivers from the Sw global site.

I'll try, thanks for the hint!



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Posted 21 December 2019 - 03:15 AM

Also....just maybe.... your EQDIR cable has gone bad?

Nope, I've swapped out every single cable by now, it doesn't change anything, nor does switching from a USB power source to a battery. It's either the electronics in the mount head or something to do with the drivers. I usually use an ASIAir, but I've seen this issue with a laptop as well. The EQMOD driver gets totally confused as coordinates seem to change on the fly without the scope moving (which would explain why I get that message).




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