Boy. I was all set up by 8:45pm. But when I hooked up the laptop to the cable from the camera and the cable from the mount, something was... different. The laptop couldn't "see" the mount at all. I had just operated with this exact same setup just 7 days ago. But tonight, something was awry. Somebody is going to say it was a USB cable. And maybe you're right. But these cables are all brand new and I take very good care of them. I subbed out cables just in case. No joy. Finally, after a series of 3 or 4 reboots and switching to different ports, I at least saw the mount long enough to polar align (in Sharpcap). Figured it was just a fluke. Hooked up the cables to the ikron raven (the USB extender via CAT7 cable) and moved inside. Once again, something was different. I have a year's worth of muscle memory in all of this. But something was different. Same deal. Couldn't see the mount. Frustrating. I tried for hours. I checked and double-checked. Power-cycled the mount. Subbed new cables. It was as if... Windows had done an update that rendered iOptron Commander unreliable or something.
Is it just me... of does anyone else find iOptron Commander a bit ... quirky anyway?
Honestly, it just made me want to go back to GS Server (or EQ Mod). I wished so much that I had just gone with a Skywatcher EQ8. Sigh.
So here I am, headed to bed at 5:21am with absolutely nothing to show for my night - except more curiosity about what it could have been.
Thanks to Brian, Frank, Curtis, and Simon who stopped by at various times during the 2 hours of searching for answers. You guys are great friends. I love this camaraderie. I just wish we could have "found the answer." Sigh.
or... Good morning, actually.