My first post although have being going VA and AP for years. Embarrassing that the first post is a query on a schoolboy error.
APT crashed, reloaded a previous live feed image, plate solved against that although was moved to another target and the goto kept going way past meridian.
Instead of stopping it, disengaging RA lock and manually going back to home position and starting again, I hit goto and sure enough it kept going the same direction for a new target (that I thought would allow it to back away) and pushed hard against the tripod leg for about 7-8 seconds.
New mount, new camera (upgrade) and on a 1-day old TS 86SDQ. Took a while for frustration to subside given what could have happened when new things were assembled.
However, guiding was fine after, as was imaging, no damage to camera, focuser (3 inch brute) or tilting etc.
The RA motor however has a loud periodic clicking sound caused by it pushing against the tripod leg. It still rotates, but the clicking is worrying me. Slews to targets OK too. the zero position was way out, had to manually reconfigure that. I hope the worm did not keep turing while the gears were jammed.
Did anyone have this happen to any mount before? It was a direct cause of the crash against the leg. I have not opened it up, but I dont have a tear down image post for the ioptron GEM45 mounts. Is there one available or has anyone opened up their GEM45 to mod or fine tune it?
I hope it is a gear or worm mesh, but it works just fine. I do not want to use it again until I know what the issue is.
Thanks for any help.