Alignment Tracking Firmware Problems
Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:47 PM
When I attempted use the scope without reloading the firmware for four nights it kept getting stuck just after finding north. It couldn't get itself out of the tilt tip test, until tonight when I decided to try resetting everything to the factory defaults and now it can look for alignment stars. The alignment finally succeeded - does anyone else ever experience the scope finding the first star, finding the second and then trying to find the second again and failing? Mine does this often and I just figure it's time to reboot the firmaware. It is annoying to have paid as much as these scopes cost and it have this type of thing be a regular occurance especially after it's been back to Meade twice and been cleared on their checklist.
Once it aligned tonight I had it look for Vega, Altair, Albireo and Fomalhaut. It got to the general vicinity of each, but just out of the FOV of a 25mm ep. So I moved the scope to Polaris and retrained the drive. It still wasn't finding the targets in the FOV. I chose Hi prec slews and when it gets close to the target the scope now slews back and forth repeatedly in one spot until I hit either BACK or ENTER. Does this all sound like a firmware issue or does it sound like a mechanical problem with the drive?
If it's another mechanical issue there is no way I'm sending this back to Meade now that my warranty is over. I don't know I'd send it if the warranty was still intact. I just don't have any faith that I won't get it back with something else wrong. The optics are good so if this is mechanical I'm hoping I can fit some rings and put it on a reliable mount. I just hope it's firmware and that my SD adapter somehow got damaged.
Posted 19 August 2013 - 02:02 PM
Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:37 PM
Hope this helps,
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Posted 19 August 2013 - 06:10 PM
If you can, call Customer Support to make sure that the proper channels are followed anyway.
Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:06 PM
Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:17 PM
Thanks for the kind words. My intent is to help people enjoy astronomy. I am not the most knowledgable person, either about astronomy itself or with any particular scope. I just try to help people with little things along the way as I can. It is my belief that if each of us helps someone else with something, even with little things, then the whole world will end up being a better place.
Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:37 PM
Posted 23 August 2013 - 05:10 PM
I have found that retraining my scope and recentering the object around once a year at least is a good idea. With great changes in temperature, or if the scope ends up getting stored where it can get really warm, I found it needs this little tender loving care at that time.
Have fun with your scope!
Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:49 PM
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