Well like the title states, my mount is out of commission for now. The control box is at Astro-physics being looked at for erratic behavior. It’s slewing on its own and in general freaking out. If that is the culprit I think I am out about 1400 bucks, and might not be imaging again for a while, even though I just got back into it. Bummer….
Not sure, it worked for two sets of data and the next night it just started freaking out. Maybe moisture? It does get pretty dewy here in the mornings. like you may think it rained a bit dewy. But well see. Not sure. Hopefully it is a simple fix for them. If not I have an expensive table sculpture.
That’s nuts! You would think those things were hermetically sealed or some such. I worry about that for my Losmandy as well. If I wanted to I could just pull the Gemini off and put it in the box with my computer.
That sucks, don’t see why those guys would not honor a warranty. My good old trusty Atlas got struck by lightning and survived minus having to replace the mother board and hand controller but 1400$ that’s about the price for a new Atlas!
<!–more–> http://I live MINUTES from astrophysics. I know Roland and the gang there. …He will fix it regardless of whats wrong. I would only guess the reply would be to not leave it out in the moisture. I have a fan on 24/7 in my dome to keep air circulating. It also keeps spiders out if its cloudy for a few weeks.
If I had a mount like that I would make a small box to wrap it in after image session is done…then bring gear inside the next day. Kind of like a steamer trunk on its side with wheels, and a bottom cut out for the tripod or pier.