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AstroEQ for EQ mounts


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thanks tom next problem is that RA motor works from slew control on eqmod but the DEC motor just twiches back and forth have tryed both motors in both ports so motors and cables are ok still the motors get very hot very quickly

bob 

Come to think of it, its more likely that the current limit is set too high for the motors which would be why they are getting sot hot also. To adjust the current limit you need to open up AstroEQ (two screws on the back of the box), then you will see two purple circuit boards which both look the same. In one corner of each of these boards is a screw potentiometer. While the mount is connected to EQMOD and the motors are stationary, turn these two screws anticlockwise to reduce the current limit.

The motors will normally run warm, so you only have to adjust the limit until the motors are not uncomfortable to hold.

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I had the same issue but its easy to turn down the current using those two screws and they both run at an even temp now. Hope fully a clear night so will be out there again tonight having a crack at the whale galaxy if the rain stays off long enough. Doug and I are working with Tom on the guiding to nail down a few issues with it so please give us your feed back on guiding as well if your doing it with astroeq the more feed back we get from you all the better. Cheers. :smiley:

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sorry tom problem now is that i can run both motors in ether port but not together i have a solid red led for power ihave solid led on status and flickering led on the link as soon as i open ascompad both motors twich the status led goes out and nothing 

bob

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You can use webcams to guide with certainly but some are better then others. I use the Logitech 4000 to guide with and it works quite well at finding a guide star. Once you get your Astroeq up and running I suggest you also try Astro Tortilla which is great for getting your alignment spot on.

I suspect poor Tom is being bombed with questions about Astroeq at the moment so sharing info between us all will help ease some of the correspondence. :smiley:

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Whilst on the subject of power supplies, my proposed power supply states 12 volts but doesnt say how many amps.  Its off a lava lamp which I assume isnt going to need a massive amount.  Should I purchase a new one or should I be OK?

Pete

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Shouldn't matter as long as it's over the minimum. Are the motors getting too hot? Wonder if you are pulling too much through the Astroeq. I'd take that up with Tom if there's a burning smell. The motor potentiometers might need adjusting. I'm just guessing though

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Is the supply '12v DC' or '12v AC'?

Do you have a multimeter, if so make sure that it is definitely 12V, some supplies have a funny habit of putting out a higher voltage than they should - I have a 7V rated supply which puts out 12V!

Burning smells are not a good sign. Are any parts of the circuit board getting hot? - Check the corner next to the power supply socket and also the motor drivers. The motor drivers will usually get quite toasty though they have a built in thermal cutoff.

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