Board Index Equipment Mach 1 down!

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  • #3387

    Zach
    Moderator
    @rudeviewer

    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….

     

    #3388

    Sean
    Admin/Moderator
    @h2opolo

    What happened?  Do you think it might have sat up for too long?

    #3400

    Zach
    Moderator
    @rudeviewer

    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.

    #3402

    Sean
    Admin/Moderator
    @h2opolo

    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.

    #3404

    Zach
    Moderator
    @rudeviewer

    hopefully hear something good by next week.

    #3408

    Chris Gomez
    @cgome004

    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!

     

    #3421

    Zach
    Moderator
    @rudeviewer

    Not sure how long my warranty is on a Mach 1 but ive had it over 2 years so I guess I assumed my warranty was no longer valid.  We will see I guess!

    #3423

    Daniel S.
    @hunter61073

    <!–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.

    #3431

    Sean
    Admin/Moderator
    @h2opolo

    If I had a mount like that I would sleep with it on cloudy nights!

    #3493

    Ron Byron
    @rebeldefender

    Oh no.  That doesn’t sound good..  Hope it was a simple power supply misbehaving.  I got a PWB off Cloudynights that you have to locate parts & solder up.  Not sure of the name at the moment.  but end result is it is ASCOM compatible so it should work to drive the motors.

     

    #3498

    Ron Byron
    @rebeldefender

    Here is the link to a possible do it your self option.   https://onstep.groups.io/g/main/wiki/2F2-MaxPCB

    I have the PWB only it’s all through hole components so you have to buy the components , solder, debug ect..  It might be possible but it will take some effort.

    Ron Byron

     

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