Got the chance to test out my new equipment (no guiding). Id only set up the eq6-r once during the day prior to last night. Just wanted to test everything out and possibly image M31 when it got high enough in the sky.
The result was disastrous. Threw out my back in the process.
First off, the eq6-r slewed very well (quietly) with no weird noises in both RA and DA. The first problem I had was the polar scope. I spent 3 hours getting aligned. I had the correct lattitude for my area and saw nothing. Ok. I'll adjust left and right all the way. Nothing. Maybe I'm too high or low? I went all the way from 30 deg to 60 deg; lattitude, going both left and right every 2 deg;. Nothing. I determined the LED at 100% was too bright. Still nothing. I repeated every position i just mentioned with the led from 4% to 90%. Nothing, and mind you its been 2 & 1/2 hours at this point. I took a 15 minute break along with 800mg of Ibuprofen. I searched my problem in google. Didnt seem this was an issue for anyone else. When I returned I think I got lucky. I saw a star at 32 deg Lattitude with the led at 8%. I got it at the 11 o'clock according to the synscaninit app. So...thats 13deg off from my lat. Could this have been a different star? On to the alignment...
I knew my focus was off by a lot, the APO being straight out of the box and everything. I took a few pictures at different focus until I got a star-field, just to get a "ball park" focus.
I made another accident after this? I chose Arcturus as my 1st alignment star. It was BLAZING in the bortle 4 sky. There's no way it won't show up on my screen. Sure enough, i slewed to it and nothing was there. I slewed left to right and up a whole frame. Took a picture. Changed my focus up and down the entire focus tube length out of frustration. At this point I accidentally pressed sync on the HC. I don't know if this messed up the rest of my night because ANYTHING I slewed to the rest of the night was not showing up on screen.
It's 2AM by now and I know by looking at Stellarium that Andromeda was well above the horizon. Just to test the HC out, I punched in M31 and it tells me its "Below the Horizon!"....No...it's not. I finally just manually pushed the scope to Jupiter and took a shot out of frustration. At this point it's 3:30AM and I'm done. Time to tear down.
I must say I was pretty hacked. The polar scope doesn't concern me much because that thing is going back in the box and I can get a polemaster. Was that even Polaris in the scope? The only star of note that was nearby was Alderamin, but it didn't look like the mount was pointed that far left. I don't know. Is any of what I described normal, the 8% LED, the 32 deg; lattitude despite being at 45 deg; for Portland, OR? Maybe I just have trouble seeing it in a see of red, IDK...
What concerns me is the GoTo. If my PA was correct then I've got a problem.
I entered in the following during setup:
-Time Zone: -07:00...Synscaninit says 8:00 but all other searches said -7:00. There were 4 digit spaces, too (00:00). Did I enter that correctly?
Daylight Savings: YES
-Correct date & time
Would ditching the HC and installing EQMOD and Platesolve2 solve my problems? I already strongly dislike the HC.
Edited by MarinerDNA, 11 July 2020 - 10:19 PM.