I just sent the message below to SkyWatcher tech support in hopes of a way to resolve this but perhaps someone here might understand the problem and know a solution. I have been trying to resolve this for literal months.
I have an EQ6R that I bought in 2022 from Telescopes Canada to use in the Sky Story program. Overall, the mount works beautifully but I am experiencing a quirk that I have been trying for months to resolve. To get the mount to work properly I have to turn it on, shut it off, then turn it back on. That probably takes some elaboration.
I have an observatory where the EQ6R mount is permanently mounted on a pier. I am controlling the EQ6R mount with a U59 Beelink mini PC running NINA. NINA uses Stellarium for its planetarium and EQMOD to operate the mount. I start the mini PC, then the mount. I then start NINA and attempt to plate solve or do a three point polar alignment using ASTAP and Astrometry.net. All attempts to use ASTAP for plate solving will fail, though NINA will successfully plate solve through Astrometry.net. But the plate solve will not sync with the mount. I get a sync error message.
The only way to resolve this and make the mount work is to turn the mount off and back on. At that point NINA will properly quickly plate solve with ASTAP and everything goes smoothly. But this means every time I use the mount I have to turn it on, turn it back off, then turn it back on. I don't understand this. I think the mount thinks it's at the date and time of previous usage and that is screwing up syncing and plate solving. Here in cloudy Nova Scotia it can be days or sometimes weeks between usage. Does the mount retain the date of previous usage? If so, what is the best way to have the mount update the date and time so I don't have to start it twice every time I use it? Or is the problem something else entirely?
If anyone on CN has any idea how to resolve this, I'd really appreciate hearing your thoughts.
Edited by Star Trails, 30 November 2023 - 09:46 AM.