I've owned this particular mount for about 2 1/2 years now and it has always worked well for me until just recently. I have to admit that I hadn't used it in some time so I'm having to relearn a few of the basics. I am strictly a visual observer and have only ever used the mount in Alt Az mode. The mount has almost always been powered with a small portable Li Ion battery pack. During each operating session eventually the LED indicator, on the on/off switch, would begin to blink. According to the manual this is caused by a low voltage condition. The manual even warns you that running it in this condition may cause damage to the motor controller in the mount. However, the manual also says, "If the power voltage is too low, the motor controller will stop the motors automatically." I assumed that this meant that there was some degree of protection built in and therefore just basically ignored the blinking light. I have never encountered a situation where the motor controllers shut down the motors due to low voltage.
Enough background, now my current issues. 1). The mount tracks, I can tell by going to "Utilities>Show Position" and watching the Alt and Az readings advance, however it is not tracking at the right speed, the objects rather quickly drift out of the eyepiece. After leaving the mount "tracking" for several hours, the sky has advanced towards the west considerably, but the telescope, just a little bit. I have ensured that it is set to track at the Sidereal rate. I have also verified that the motors are running by placing my ear very close to the mount. The mount slews just fine when using the arrow keys on the handset. 2). The mount was tracking backwards. Watching the "Show Position" readings indicated the the mount was moving in Az towards the East and Alt was decreasing towards the ground. This I chalked up to not have used the mount in a while and setting it up with the scope wrong side of the Az axis. After reversing both axis it seems to be tracking in the right directions. 3). GOTO 2-star alignment. When slewing to the second star the mount goes off in some crazy direction as much as 50 degrees off of where my star selection resides. When this mount was working properly I remember it coming very close to my #2 star choice. After completing the 2-star alignment this mount can't find anything in the sky. I have to admit this action has me wondering whether there still might be something off concerning the tracking backwards issue. I suppose issue #3 has to do with issues #1 and/or #2 and would probably go away if they were sorted out.
So what do you think? Did I fry the brains out of this thing with low voltage or am I just missing something here?
Ignore the fact that this picture is showing the mount in equatorial mode, that was just done for the photo op.