I originally purchased this mount on CN Classifieds. The first night I used it I didn't have time and the cable for a polar alignment that week, but a 3 star alignment - with the mount body pointing true north using a cell phone ap - worked beautifully. I kept it out there for the first two weekends then it was time for mowing, so I took it all down.
When I next had time and a good sky, I had decided already to move from that location to a more level location. I set up concrete blocks, leveled them and started over the correct way, only now my mount never finds anything properly anymore.
The GPS is working properly, and I had to reset -360 for Central time zone (I am in East Texas) and the polar alignment is set perfectly with my laptop according to the program now. But something is really going wrong because the hand controller is not moving the scope properly anymore. It is just very very strange....
The cursor buttons on the hand controller - they seem to now move the scope in the opposite direction from where they are supposed to - and at an angle~!!! When I set up the polar alignment and try to slew, the first object I pick to slew to will be (or is supposed to be anyway) close to where the scope sends you. Then you then are supposed to be able to final adjust the location in the viewfinder/eyepiece and push "enter" when it is centered.... right? Not for me.
At that point when I have to final adjust, the objects I pick are now many degrees away from where the mount sends the scope. And when I push the right hand (>) button the scope goes downward and to the left. Almost like both motors are running, slewing the scope in the complete opposite direction and at a downward angle from where it is supposed to go. So I can never find the object or star anymore because - well try to push the cursor and have the scope go in a completely non-intuitive direction and find something~! Impossible and extremely frustrating. I finally gave up the last three nights because no matter how many times I completely start over or even completely clear the information and start from scratch... it always did something like this. The scope doesn't move in the correct direction with the controller.
The north arrow in the mount is where my scope points. I start in the zero position, which is my manually entered park position.
Last night the same thing from scratch again, and it all occurred again. For some reason the slewing - using the hand controller to adjust where the target it - its just not working properly anymore. That is keeping me from working with the mount actually.
Again, the first nights all I had to do was a three star alignment and the scope could find anything afterward flawlessly after the first few tiny final adjustments on the first and second objects. I could easily push the cursor arrows > to go right, < to go left, and ^ for up etc.
Pushing the arrow buttons > and having it go the opposite direction and at an angle is just frustrating as heck~! I now give up because easily because I already know how screwed I am because of the first few nights - I spent hours out there trying to find out what the heck was going on. With the cursor not working there is simply now way to fine adjust anything, even the star alignment anymore.
I have set it all up several times, performed a full reset of the mount from scratch, and it wants to go in a different direction from the arrows when fine tuning.
Can you imagine trying to do a fine adjustment with the scope going a completely different direction from the arrows on the remote~!!! AAAArrrrgggh...!
Since I moved locations it has never worked properly again. And I cannot figure out what I did wrong. I've read the manual now to where I almost have it memorised. I don't understand what I did. I know I parked the scope at the end of the last session, and every session prior before I moved. I have my zero position entered as my parked position manually too. I hope that isn't it.... because if it is I may never find out how to reset any of this.
The instructions in the manual are actually fairly horribly written if you are trying to figure out a problem. I may have purchased the wrong mount I guess. I hope someone can please help me~!!!