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#1 MHamburg

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 11:36 AM

In a previous post I pictured an attempt to better organize my cable spaghetti which came out looking like either a garden hose, long intestine, or some mythological beast. And it was a bit heavy and I think might have been adding a drag factor to the movement of the mount. I redid the set-up with lighter plastic and anchored some of the non-moving cables to the pier. My assumption is that the AP900 is robust enought to drag an elephant, but I had nothing to lose by the rearrangement. For some other reason, the mount did not behave well at all. The GOTOs were off and the tracking was all but non-existent. This was the first beautifully clear pair of nights in a long time. The last time I imaged was at the end of last December and everything went flawlessly. (See attached image.) What could have happened in the nearly five months of inactivity is beyond me. I am going to talk with the folks at Astro-Physics and ask for help. Unfortunately, my observatory is 160 miles from my primary residence and for now remains a weekend trip.

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 12:19 PM

Absolutely incredible image !



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Posted 27 May 2020 - 10:46 AM

Thank you, Steve. I am actually going to anchor the cable bundle to the mounting plate this weekend to eliminate any drag on the rig. I hope to see improvement from this move.

Michael



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 03:25 PM

This is the latest cable management. (But I have other woes with the pointing of the mount which will need future attention.)

Michael

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