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My trusty GOTO-upgraded HEQ5, which I have had for several years without any problem, has helpfully decided to start tracking too slowly in RA. Below is a sum of 18 mins worth of 45sec exposures (on M108 as it happens), with no attempt to align them, colour coded in ~4min blocks, white - blue-green-red in time order. RA runs roughly horizontally across the image. The pixels are ~0.9" , which means I have trailing of about 400" in 18 mins (in the sense that the mount is tracking too slowly)!

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Anyone got any bright ideas how an HEQ5 can do this? The PE on the mount is only 40" peak to peak with a 10min cycle (I measured it last year). It has only been misbehaving like this since Christmas. This was taken at about 55deg dec by the way - it gets even worse if you head down towards the equator.

NigelM

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Whats the power lead like ? If its the bit of damp string that comes with the mount it may be a problem in the cold.

True - I do use the original power cable to connect to the mount (power comes from the mains).

Is the tracking rate set correctly on the handset?
I wondered about this so I tried re-setting it to "Sidereal", but it didn't make any difference.

The curious thing is that it is so smooth - it appears to mis-track at a constant rate (I have tried 15 sec exposures and they still show trailing). I guess its time to open up the box and check the gears haven't come lose!

NigelM

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