I have a new Evolution mount and had problems last night getting it to work properly and had a number of issues -not sure if I can remember them all. As backgound information, this is the second night I had the mount out. The first night, I was getting accurate gotos after calibaration and the second StarSense alignment.
Last night, I tried to get the StarSense alignment to work and after completing the alignment, tried goto to Arcturus and was off by a large amount - 10 -15 degrees. I turned the power of the scope off and back on and realigned. This time, took several attempts for StarSense to align, tried goto to Arcturus and was off a few degrees. I did an align on Arcturus and slew to a star in the big dipper and was off a few degrees there as well, then did a goto back to Arcturus and again was off by a few degrees. This seemed troublesome as even aligning on a star and trying to return to it did not work.
I repeated to power down/up and try new alignments but objects were off in varying amounts from a few degrees to greater amounts. As the night wore on, I was also getting an issue that when I connected to the mount via wifi-SkyPortal on my phone, the internet on my phone would become disabled. This seemed strange so I got an Ipad, downloaded SkyPortal and tried aligning using it and wasn't getting enough plates solved to complete the alignment. There are obstructions where I observe with about half the sky available, but was able to get alignments completed using StarSense on the previous night.
I checked the voltage of the mount through SkyPortal? and it was 9.8 volts? Is this normal voltage? When I plug in the charger, it flashes very briefly, then goes out. It does not flash when charging or stay lit when fully charged as it states in the manual. Also, I the onscreen buttons to slew the mount in SkyPortal don''t work.
Not sure how much effort I want to put in debugging this mount vs returning it for a new one vs returning it for a refund. I was thinking of trying the 3 star alignment next time out to see if taking the Starsense out of the systems improves things. The Starsense feature was one of the reasons for tipping me towards this mount/setup and without it functioning properly, may want to go with something else. I didn't try resetting the mount or upgrading the firmware/software. I think the mount should work out of the box. Any adivice will be appreciated!
Edited by adamsdp, 10 August 2020 - 10:33 AM.