Re: [ap-gto] 400GTO locked up in R/A mode


Feb 1 6:16 PM

 


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#1809 Feb 1 6:16 PM

I have a question about a lockup that occurred this past Saturday.



Aftere setting up and calibrating, I like to point the scope at

celestial North to see the view through my finder scope. Just a double

check.



After doing a two star calibration and exiting the calibration routine,

I went up to the Objects menu, then selected R/D. I arrowed right

through the RA numbers, then entered +90:00:00. Nothing at all

happened. No buttons on the Keypad Controller seemed to work, so I

simply unplugged and started over. As a check, I repeated the same

procedure, attempting to go to +90 degrees again. Same thing again, a

total lockup. The NEXT time I decided to skip the pole, and settled for

Jupiter instead.



The polar alignment was good; everything else worked great the rest of

the night, at least until my toes went numb a few hours later. I hate

to pack it up when the coffee is working.



I have used the keypad to see celestial North before, although I'm not

sure if I used the RA that was already on the display (by using the

right arrow key). Any advice, etc will be appreciated.



Here's another question. What's a good way to run the mount indoors for

a shakeout? Resume from park?

--

Best regards,

Chuck Hancock DMD



McDonough GA USA



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#1812 Feb 2 8:01 AM

Chuck,



I use the leveling routine starting on page 20 in the GTO KEYPAD CONTROLLER

manual.

After setting the scope up for my latitude (use polar alignment daytime

procedures then starting from park, plug in the power and key in:

( 1.= startup -- 1. = Location 1, -- 3.= resume from park >



It does not matter where the telescope is pointed just where it thinks it is

pointed. The mount can then be linked to TheSky and the program will

display where the telescope is pointed. You can slew with either hand

controller or by pointing the mouse at a sky object. When you re-park the

telescope be sure you re-park it with the same controller that you unparked

it with otherwise the mount may exhibit some unusual behavior, like parking

in the wrong place.



-----Original Message-----

From: Chuck Hancock [mailto:cdh59@...]

Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 6:17 PM

To: AP GTO

Subject: [ap-gto] 400GTO locked up in R/A mode





I have a question about a lockup that occurred this past Saturday.



Aftere setting up and calibrating, I like to point the scope at

celestial North to see the view through my finder scope. Just a double

check.



After doing a two star calibration and exiting the calibration routine,

I went up to the Objects menu, then selected R/D. I arrowed right

through the RA numbers, then entered +90:00:00. Nothing at all

happened. No buttons on the Keypad Controller seemed to work, so I

simply unplugged and started over. As a check, I repeated the same

procedure, attempting to go to +90 degrees again. Same thing again, a

total lockup. The NEXT time I decided to skip the pole, and settled for

Jupiter instead.



The polar alignment was good; everything else worked great the rest of

the night, at least until my toes went numb a few hours later. I hate

to pack it up when the coffee is working.



I have used the keypad to see celestial North before, although I'm not

sure if I used the RA that was already on the display (by using the

right arrow key). Any advice, etc will be appreciated.



Here's another question. What's a good way to run the mount indoors for

a shakeout? Resume from park?

--

Best regards,

Chuck Hancock DMD



McDonough GA USA



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#1813 Feb 2 8:51 AM

In a message dated 2/1/01 8:36:43 PM Central Standard Time,

cdh59@... writes:



< After doing a two star calibration and exiting the calibration routine,

I went up to the Objects menu, then selected R/D. I arrowed right

through the RA numbers, then entered +90:00:00. >>



This is an older version of the software. It had a bug in it which has been

fixed. You will soon be able to upgrade your hand controller to the latest

version.



Roland Christen



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#1814 Feb 2 11:44 AM

OK!



chris1011@... wrote: >

> In a message dated 2/1/01 8:36:43 PM Central Standard Time,

> cdh59@... writes:

>

> < After doing a two star calibration and exiting the calibration routine,

> I went up to the Objects menu, then selected R/D. I arrowed right

> through the RA numbers, then entered +90:00:00. >>

>

> This is an older version of the software. It had a bug in it which has been

> fixed. You will soon be able to upgrade your hand controller to the latest

> version.

>

> Roland Christen



--

Best regards,

Chuck Hancock DMD



McDonough GA USA



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#1815 Feb 2 11:45 AM

Thanks



Andy Forsberg wrote: >

> Chuck,

>

> I use the leveling routine starting on page 20 in the GTO KEYPAD CONTROLLER

> manual.

> After setting the scope up for my latitude (use polar alignment daytime

> procedures then starting from park, plug in the power and key in:

> ( 1.= startup -- 1. = Location 1, -- 3.= resume from park >

>

> It does not matter where the telescope is pointed just where it thinks it is

> pointed. The mount can then be linked to TheSky and the program will

> display where the telescope is pointed. You can slew with either hand

> controller or by pointing the mouse at a sky object. When you re-park the

> telescope be sure you re-park it with the same controller that you unparked

> it with otherwise the mount may exhibit some unusual behavior, like parking

> in the wrong place.

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Chuck Hancock [mailto:cdh59@...]

> Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 6:17 PM

> To: AP GTO

> Subject: [ap-gto] 400GTO locked up in R/A mode

>

> I have a question about a lockup that occurred this past Saturday.

>

> Aftere setting up and calibrating, I like to point the scope at

> celestial North to see the view through my finder scope. Just a double

> check.

>

> After doing a two star calibration and exiting the calibration routine,

> I went up to the Objects menu, then selected R/D. I arrowed right

> through the RA numbers, then entered +90:00:00. Nothing at all

> happened. No buttons on the Keypad Controller seemed to work, so I

> simply unplugged and started over. As a check, I repeated the same

> procedure, attempting to go to +90 degrees again. Same thing again, a

> total lockup. The NEXT time I decided to skip the pole, and settled for

> Jupiter instead.

>

> The polar alignment was good; everything else worked great the rest of

> the night, at least until my toes went numb a few hours later. I hate

> to pack it up when the coffee is working.

>

> I have used the keypad to see celestial North before, although I'm not

> sure if I used the RA that was already on the display (by using the

> right arrow key). Any advice, etc will be appreciated.

>

> Here's another question. What's a good way to run the mount indoors for

> a shakeout? Resume from park?

> --

> Best regards,

> Chuck Hancock DMD

>

> McDonough GA USA



--

Best regards,

Chuck Hancock DMD



McDonough GA USA







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