600E GTO Power


Jul 21, 2007

 


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#18664 Jul 21, 2007

I have an AP 600E GTO mount. My understanding is that the AP mounts

do not like it when the voltage of the DC power source, such as the

60 amp-hour deep-cycle battery that I have, drops below 12 volts.



Someone has suggested using a car power adapter for a laptop battery

that has adjustable output voltage because it provides constant voltage output.



The idea would be to use this adapter between the 12 volt deep-cycle

battery and the mount with the adapter set to output 15 or 18 volts.



I sometimes use the mount at remote locations where the temperature

can be below freezing on a winter night that can last 10 hours.



I would be running the mount, ST-4 autoguider and anti-dewers all

night long, so at the end of the night in the past with my Losmandy

mount, I know the voltage has dropped way down below 10 volts but the

mount kept working. I doubt that the AP mount will do the same.



So, is this a good idea to use this kind of adapter with the AP 600

mount under these circumstances?



I don't know anything about electricity. So, what happens if the

voltage is held constant under this kind of use... does the amperage

(is that current?) drop? Would this affect the mount?



Thanks,



Jerry



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