Question about DS 2114 mount
Posted 04 April 2014 - 07:10 PM
Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:11 PM
Hi Ralph and welcome to the Forum!
First off, I probably be better ask you if the mount is new and under warranty?
If the scope is not new, then I need to know what color it is. If it is all black with a red band with numbers going all the way around it, then it is a generation 1 mount. If the arm is silver, with maybe a blue band around the base or all white, it is generation 2. This difference is important, because they made changes to fix a problem when the generation 2 mount came out.
Posted 04 April 2014 - 09:22 PM
That's a common operator error. When you bring a DSO up from the menu, the name of the DSO appears on screen - but it has NOT yet been selected as a goto target. Pressing "goto" at this point will simply move the mount to the last selected target. As it is already pointed there, the mount will just recenter the current target just as you describe. You must press "enter" again to select he target. Then a goto will move the mount to that object.
Posted 05 April 2014 - 07:28 AM
Thanks, Mr. Crilly, for pointing out the easy thing first that I ran right past.
Posted 05 April 2014 - 10:53 AM
Thanks for the welcome, Bill. Mine is the second generation mount. It is about one and a half years old.
I am assuming there is a way for the mount to slip yet be firm enough to track.
Not having issues going back and forth. The other gentlemen pointed out that it could be operator error.
I agree, I do not take the scope out enough. I plan on that now that I joined a local astronomy club.
Will keep working with it and I know where to turn for answers.
Posted 05 April 2014 - 01:27 PM
Thanks, Ralph! I certainly hope Mr. Crilly's answer is the right one. The generation 2 mounts are really pretty robust and very little happens to them. If it is not an operator issue, then what you are experiencing is really rare and will certainly tax my abilities to figure out what is going on. I do reasonably well with mechanical issues, but have no real idea about electrical or programming ones.
Hope it all works out well for you!
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