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EQ6-R Pro fails to slew after latest firmware updates

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#1 cpl42

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Posted 26 June 2022 - 07:24 AM

I hope there is some simple answer to this!

 

I recently received a brand new EQ6-R Pro and have been shaking it down prior to putting it to real use. Initially, I had a gross pointing accuracy problem (see: https://www.cloudyni...lignment-issue/) and only just today thought I had the problem solved. This solution involved updating the SynScan firmware from v4.39.12 to v4.39.21, and the motor controller firmware from v3.9.23 to v3.25.

 

I was initially delighted with the results. The mount slewed to many targets using the handbox, and both the handbox and ASCOM showed identical pointing results (something that wasn't happening before). This was working for at least 2 hours, but now, without changing anything I am unable to get the mount to slew at all. The motors give a whining sound for a few seconds and then stop. I have switched off the mount and restarted it several times to no avail. I have tried a factory reset, again to no avail. The power LED keeps flashing.

 

I would appreciate any help you can offer.

 

Paul.



#2 John Rogers

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Posted 26 June 2022 - 09:58 AM

The blinking power indicator is very telling.  Its been my experience that anytime that happens, it turns out to be insufficient power for whatever reason.

 

If you are running off of an external battery, then it may not be sufficiently charged or underrated for your setup.

 

Good luck.


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#3 cpl42

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Posted 26 June 2022 - 04:48 PM

Apollo, you are absolutely right. My trusty 12V 18Ah battery weighs in at 9.5V! I swapped it with a rectified 12V power supply which measures at 13.7V and all seems to be working well. I'll continue testing today, and if the promised clouds hold off, I'll try testing under the stars tonight.

 

So, my hope for a simple solution has been granted.

 

Many thanks, and clear skies, Paul.


Edited by cpl42, 26 June 2022 - 11:19 PM.


#4 John Rogers

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Posted 27 June 2022 - 09:17 AM

I am delighted that it turned out to be a simple solution for you Paul.  smile.gif




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